Transgender activist Madona Kiparoidze set herself on fire at the Tbilisi City Hall Thursday evening protesting Georgia’s negligence towards the transgender community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trigger Warning: Video is extremely violent and graphic.
The Tbilisi City Hall is a clock-towered edifice situated on the southern side of Freedom Square, Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. It houses the Mayor’s office and the City Assembly.
Tamaz Sozashvili, co-founder of the Co-founder/Organizer of Tbilisi Pride wrote on twitter “Today, a trans woman tried to commit suicide in front of Tbilisi City Hall to protest the Georgia Government’s inaction and ignorance towards them during #Covid19 crisis.
— Tamaz Sozashvili (@TamazSozashvili) April 30, 2020
Madona Kiparoidze made this statement yesterday.
OC-media reported that during a small rally on Thursday evening in front of the City Hall building, Madona Kiparoidze, one of the protesting women, set herself on fire. Police officers managed to strip off her flaming jacket before detaining her.
Kiparoidze, who communicated with others after the incident and did not seem to have sustained any life-threatening injuries, was later transported to a hospital by ambulance.
‘I am a transgender woman, and I’m setting myself on fire because the Georgian state doesn’t care about me’, Kiparoidze shouted after being detained.
‘We can’t even pay for our rent. What can we do?’, another protester told TV Pirveli after the incident.