Exclusive: Mark Mullen discusses LGBT supporters’ rally in Tbilisi
18 May, 2013
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Former head of the National Democratic Institute office in Tbilisi and a former chair of Transparency International Georgia, Mark Mullen talked to Georgian News TV about May 17th demonstration and clashes that took place in the capital Tbilisi between the participants of the protest for marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and the counter-protest by church representatives and citizens supporting them.

By Sopo Beriashvili and Irakli Khvedelidze


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