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

Alexander Lashkarav, 37, who worked for the independent station TV Pirveli, was found dead in his bed early Sunday after his violent beatdown in the former Soviet Republic’s capital city of Tbilisi last week, the Guardian reported.

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

Lashkarav suffered fractures to his facial bones, though it is unclear what caused his death, the outlet reported.

TV channel Pirveli cameraman Alexander Lashkarava is seen after being beaten.
TV channel Pirveli cameraman Alexander Lashkarava is seen after the brutal beating.
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Police intervene after people try to attack journalists during a protest against LGBT members on July 5, 2021 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Police intervene after people try to attack journalists during a protest against LGBT members on July 5, 2021 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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Georgia’s interior ministry said an investigation has been launched into his death.

President Salome Zourabichvili said Sunday that she had visited Lashkarava’s family.

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

Activists hold posters during a rally in memory of Pirveli TV channel cameraman Alexander Lashkarava on July 11, 2021.
Activists hold posters during a rally in memory of Pirveli TV channel cameraman Alexander Lashkarava on July 11, 2021.
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Members of media attend a rally in memory of Alexander Lashkarava.
Members of media attend a rally in memory of Alexander Lashkarava.
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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.

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.

An investigation was launched into Alexander Lashkarava's death.
An investigation was launched into Alexander Lashkarava’s death.
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“The government has set up violent groups to attack independent media,” he said, adding: “Riot police have also repeatedly targeted journalists.”





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