Journalists attacked, hurt in Georgia at anti-LGBT protest

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A protest against a planned LGBT march in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi turned violent as demonstrators attacked and injured about 20 journalists covering the event. Organizers of the Tbilisi March For Dignity that was to take place in the evening cancelled the event, saying authorities had not provided adequate security guarantees. Opponents of the march blocked off the capital’s main avenue, denounced journalists covering the protest as pro-LGBT propagandists and threw sticks and bottles at the media workers. A man who the Polish foreign ministry said was a Polish tourist was stabbed several blocks from the demonstration and hospitalized. One suspect was arrested. Hostility toward sexual minorities is strong in Georgia, a conservative former Soviet republic on the Black Sea.