Rioters in Georgia burnt a rainbow flag after a footballer wore a pro-LGBT armband

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The country located in Caucasus moves to the LGBT acceptance rather slowly and every sign of support faces protests sooner or later, and this is what has happened there now. Guram Kashia, the native Georgian footballer, is now playing for the Dutch club, Vitesse Arnhem. And when Netherlands celebrated coming out day, he joined celebrations wearing an armband in support of LGBT. Kashia is the Vice-Captain of the Georgian national team and he said that he is going to support LGBT there as well. The protestors were demanding the Georgian Football Federation kick Kashia off the national team for it as they were lighting smoke bombs an chanting anti-gay slurs. Later they set a rainbow flag on fire near the Georgian Football Federation. The eight were arrested on charges of resisting police and minor hooliganism. Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvil took the footballer’s side. ‘Everyone has the right for freedom of expression,’ he wrote on Facebook, ‘We should respect human rights and liberties. I stand with the unanimous support that sporting society has expressed toward Guram Kashia.’

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