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An historic gay pride gathering in Georgia has ended in violence.

Religious activists disrupted what was dubbed the country’s first-ever march to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.

A fist fight broke out as radical Orthodox believers in central Tbilisi tried to block the progress of those taking part, demanding the event be stopped. Police intervened and people from both sides were detained.

Gay campaigners claim that hate speech against their community has been unleashed by radical nationalist and religious groups in Georgia.

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