Ed Team

Police raid Georgian LGBT organization meeting

Filed By Ed Team | December 27, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Eka Agdgomelashvii, Georgia, Inclusive Foundation, police state

"They did not wear police uniforms, did not provide a search warrant, did not inform about their identity or agency they represented and did not explain the purpose of their intrusion. Members of the LGBT community were present in the office during the raid for a regular meeting of the "Women's Club". The men confiscated cell phones of all those present in the office, did not allow them to contact their families, and made degrading and humiliating remarks, such as 'perverts', 'sick persons', Satanists. They threatened to take photos of the women and disseminate them to reveal their sexual orientation. They also threatened 'to kill' and 'tear to pieces' one of the leaders of the organisation, Eka Agdgomelashvili, if she did not stop demanding the search warrant and identification documents of the police."

-- Part of a statement released after police raided the Inclusive Foundation, an LGBT Georgian organization on December 15th. Staff members of the organization are under continuous surveillance by the Asian country's police force.


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My level of cynicism is elevated at year end holiday time, along with my cholesterol. I wonder how many folks see this headline or one similar to it and thrash around in agony wondering whether it will be safe to attend any of those "hawt" gay social/sexual things in Atlanta. I SWEAR that some people told me they were altering their Florida-bound driving trips a few years ago when the Russians and Georgians we murdering each other on the nightly news.