Georgian TV channels stop broadcasting in protest against the violence

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Georgian TV channels stop broadcasting in protest against the violence
Georgian TV channels stop broadcasting in protest against the violence
14 July, 15:31In the world
Four Georgian TV channels "TV Pirveli", "Mtavari Arkhi", "Formula" and "Kavkasia" interrupted broadcasting for a day in protest. They demand the resignation of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili because of the beating of journalists during protests organized by opponents of the LGBT march.

According to Interfax, the names of 53 beaten journalists are now broadcast on opposition Georgian TV channels against a black background. Thus, media representatives are seeking punishment from the authorities for "all rapists". Among the demands is the resignation of the Prime Minister of Georgia.

It should be reminded that in Tbilisi on July 5, during the protest actions organized by the opponents of the LGBT march, more than 50 media representatives were injured. Among them was the cameraman Lekso Lashkarava. He was in the hospital for several days, after which he was discharged. On July 11, the cameraman was found dead in his apartment. The Interior Ministry said that the cause of death was a drug overdose. Against this background, protests began in Georgia. In particular, the opposition demanded Garibashvili's resignation. He, in his turn, accused ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili of "managing the destruction processes". The farewell ceremony for Lashkarava also turned into a protest against violence against journalists.

The protesters believe that the statement of the head of government that he considers it inappropriate to hold a "March of Dignity" with the participation of the LGBT community, provoked aggression against representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation. Opponents of the march accused the journalists of supporting sex minorities and beat them. The police managed to detain 20 attackers.

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