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Four Georgian Men Arrested Over Antigay Violence


TBILISI -- Four men have been arrested in Georgia in connection with the violence last week that disrupted a planned gay rights demonstration in Tbilisi.

Georgia's Interior Ministry said on May 21 that the four have been charged with petty hooliganism and disobeying police.

Thousands of antigay activists attacked dozens of people preparing to mark International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.

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After the antigay activists broke through their cordon, police helped the gay-rights supporters escape the area.

At least 17 people were injured.

A day before the rally, the head of Georgia's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, called on authorities to ban it, saying the event would be "an insult" to Georgian tradition.

The European Union office in Tbilisi said it "was dismayed by the scenes of brutal intolerance and violence."

Based on reporting by civil.ge and apsny.ge
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