Alexander Lashkarav is a TV news cameraman that came to the limelight after he died in the county of Georgia after he was brutally attacked by a far-right mob protesting an LGBTQ Pride march, his employer said.
Alexander Lashkarav Bio
At the time of his death, Alexander was 37 years old and he worked for independent TV station TV Pirveli.
Alexander Lashkarav Death
According to the Guardian Alexander died after being badly beaten by far-right assailants during a protest against an LGBTQ pride march. Alexander was found dead in his bed in the early hours on Sunday. Alexander was assaulted by the group and he suffered fractures to his facial bones though it is still unclear what caused his death. Georgias interior ministry indicated that an investigation has been launched into his death.
The president of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili said on Sunday that she had visited Alexander’s family. In her official Twitter account, she said, “I visited the family of Lekso Lashkarava. What happened is a tragedy and I send my condolences to the entire media community and to all of Georgia. It must be investigated and those responsible must be punished.”
I visited the family of Lekso Lashkarava. What happened is a tragedy and I send my condolences to the entire media community and to all of Georgia.
It must be investigated and those responsible must be punished. pic.twitter.com/jbDYo5kVeZ
— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) July 11, 2021
Critics have accused Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of emboldening the hate groups by saying before the event was canceled that holding it was “not reasonable” due to security concerns the New York Post reported.
Nodar Meladze, TV Pirveli’s news editor, accused the government of being behind violent attacks against journalists. “The government not only encourages violence against journalists, it is part of the violence,” Meladze said, the outlet reported. “The government has set up violent groups to attack independent media,” he said, adding: “Riot police have also repeatedly targeted journalists.”
According to the Guardian.com Rights activists announced a protest rally later on Sunday to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili.
Prominent Georgian TV personalities and managers have accused Garibashvili’s government of orchestrating a violent campaign against journalists. More than 50 journalists were attacked that day by anti-LGBTQ groups protesting against the planned Pride march in Tbilisi, which was canceled due to safety fears.
Critics have accused the ruling Georgian Dream party of tacitly supporting homophobic and nationalist groups, which have also staged protests against pro-western opposition parties.