“I don’t consider Pride Week expedient, there are specific groups that may misuse it, on both sides,” Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze told reporters.
At the same time, he believes that freedom of expression is protected in the country.
“Years ago we passed an important law, based on which everyone is equal and everyone has the opportunity to express themselves. I don’t consider Pride Week expedient, there are specific groups that may misuse it, on both sides. Freedom of expression is protected in the country, you can not recall any facts or cases that restrict people’s freedom of expression,” said Kaladze.
Asked by the journalist whether the government attaches great importance to the supporters of right-wing politicians Levan Vasadze and Guram Palavandishvili, Kakha Kaladze said: “What does Palavandishvili have to do with it? Who is Palavandishvili? Those who act wrongly and break the law will be punished accordingly.”
On July 5, ‘Tbilisi Pride’ will hold a ‘March of Honor’ on the central Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi.
The slogan of the ‘March of Honor’ will be ‘Come out for solidarity.’
In addition, ‘Tbilisi Pride’ will organize a documentary film screening and a music festival during Pride Week.
By Ana Dumbadze