News cameraman killed in attack by right-wing mob protesting LGBTQ march


A TV news cameraman has died in Georgia country after he was brutally attacked by a far-right mob protesting an LGBTQ pride march, his employer says.

Alexander Lashkarev, 37, working for independent station TV Pirveli, was found dead on his bed in the early hours of Sunday after a violent beating in the Soviet republic’s capital Tbilisi last week. The Guardian told.

The cameraman was among more than 50 journalists who were targeted on July 5 by violent hate groups protesting the upcoming Pride march, before it was canceled due to security concerns, the outlet reported.

The outlet reported that Lashkarav suffered fractures in his facial bones, though it is not clear what caused his death.

The cameraman of TV channel Pirveli can be seen beating Alexander Lashkarva.
TV channel Pirveli is seen after the brutal beating of cameraman Alexander Lashkarva.
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Police intervene after people try to attack journalists during a protest against LGBT members in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 5, 2021.
Police intervene after people try to attack journalists during a protest against LGBT members in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 5, 2021.
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Georgia’s Interior Ministry said an investigation had been launched into his death.

President Salome Zurabichvili said on Sunday that she had gone to visit Lashkareva’s family.

“What happened is a tragedy, and I send my condolences to the entire media community and to the whole of Georgia,” she said. wrote on Twitter. “It should be investigated, and those responsible should be punished.”

Activists put up posters during a rally in memory of Pirveli TV channel cameraman Alexander Lashkarva on July 11, 2021.
Activists put up posters during a rally in memory of Pirveli TV channel cameraman Alexander Lashkarva on July 11, 2021.
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Members of the media attend a rally in memory of Sikandar Lashkarwa.
Members of the media take part in a rally in memory of Alexander Lashkarva.
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Critics have accused Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of encouraging hate groups, saying it was “not appropriate” to hold the event due to security concerns before the cancellation.

TV Pirveli’s news editor Nodar Meladze accused the government of being behind the violent attacks against journalists.

“The government not only encourages violence against journalists, it is part of the violence,” Meladze said, the outlet reported.

An investigation into the death of Alexander Lashkareva was launched.
An investigation into the death of Alexander Lashkareva was launched.
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“The government has formed violent groups to attack independent media,” he said, adding: “The riot police have also repeatedly targeted journalists.”

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