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Four held over attack on gay rights rally in Georgia

Published on May 21, 2013 4:40 PM
 
Policemen try to stop an Orthodox Christian activist during clashes with gay rights activists at an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (Idaho) rally on in Tbilisi, May 17, 2013.  Georgian police have detained four men in connection with the violent disruption of a gay rights rally by thousands of ultra-conservative supporters of the Orthodox Church, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TBILISI AFP) - Georgian police have detained four men in connection with the violent disruption of a gay rights rally by thousands of ultra-conservative supporters of the Orthodox Church, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The men have been held on minor charges of "disobeying police and petty hooliganism" and face either a fine or up to 90 days in prison, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Several more serious criminal cases into the incident have been opened as investigations continue, the statement added.

Scores of gay rights activists were forced on Friday to flee a rally in the capital Tbilisi to mark International Day against Homophobia after thousands of Orthodox supporters headed by black-robed priests broke through police cordons.

 
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