“All forms of violence, threats, pressure and hate speech are unacceptable to me! It is unacceptable because it is a violation of the constitutional rights of the people. It is unacceptable for me as a guarantor and protector of the Constitution,” said Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili.
She highlighted that everyone has the right to exercise freedom of speech.
“Everyone has the right to exercise freedom of speech. This is our ancient tolerance, which is part of our identity. Our country was built on this and will develop upon it tomorrow too. That is why I also believe that everyone has the right to demonstrate. The participants of Tbilisi Pride have the right to express their opinion and exercise this right, which is a constitutional right of all, in accordance with the norms established by the Constitution and the law. This is important for our country and our unity!”, said the President.
On July 5, ‘Tbilisi Pride’ will hold a ‘March of Honor’ on the central Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi.
By Ana Dumbadze