Protests against the government: tumult in the Georgian parliament after the death of a cameraman

Protests against government : Tumult in the Georgian parliament after the death of a cameraman

At an anti-government rally, a woman holds up a placard in memory of the deceased cameraman. Photo: dpa / Stringer

Protests against the government broke out in Georgia after the death of a cameraman. After the man was injured by far-right demonstrators in a Pride parade, he died of his injuries that night.

Riots broke out in the Georgian parliament after the death of a cameraman who was seriously injured during protests by anti-gay demonstrators. Opposition MPs disrupted the parliamentary session on Monday and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, as recorded by the independent TV station Mtavari. This resulted in chaotic scenes in which members of parliament fought and occupied the chair of the parliamentary president.

It was only after four female MPs who had occupied the chair were forcibly removed from the room that the session could be resumed. The opposition blames the ruling Georgian Dream party for the attack on the cameraman and other journalists.

37-year-old Alexander Laschkarawa, who worked for the independent broadcaster TV Pirweli, was found dead in his bed on Sunday morning. The cameraman was beaten last Monday by counter-demonstrators who protested against a march of the so-called LGBTQ movement. In total, more than 50 journalists were physically attacked during the protest.

Laschkarawa's death sparked outrage: on Sunday, around 8000 people demonstrated in front of the parliament in Tbilisi and called for the government to resign. New protests were announced for Monday evening.

Garibashvili described the protest movement as an anti-church conspiracy led by the ex-president Mikhail Saakashvili will be listed. He again promised a speedy investigation into Lashkarawa's death.

Georgia is considered a very conservative country, the Orthodox Church is extremely powerful in the Caucasus republic. Prime Minister Garibashvili also spoke out against the LGBTQ movement's Pride Parade. During the Pride parades, demonstrations for the rights of sexual minorities are taking place around the world. The English abbreviation LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

(june / AFP)