Four held over attack on gay rights rally in Georgia
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.