Police in Georgia, Russia have arrested four men in connection with a demonstration against a Gay Pride march which turned violent.

An estimated 20,000 people led by priests in black robes attacked a group of 50 gay rights demonstrators in downtown Tbilsi on Friday, sending 14 people to the hospital.

The throng of counter-demonstrators broke through police cordons and began hurling eggs and rocks at the marchers. Several priests brazenly attacked one of the several minibuses attempting to carry demonstrators to safety. In images captured by local television, one priest is seen repeatedly smashing the vehicle's windshield with a stool. Another attempts to drag a driver out of the bus. Several of the priests involved spoke on-camera with the media.

In his Sunday sermon, Bishop Iakob Iakobashvili, who helped organize the counter-demonstration, said that while the perpetrators of the violence should be punished, the Georgia Orthodox Church could not idly stand and allow the activists “to humiliate us.”

The Georgia Interior ministry announced the arrests on Tuesday, The New York Times reported.

The men face charges of hooliganism and disobeying police orders and could be jailed for up to 90 days or fined.

In a video posted online, police are seen escorting the suspects into custody. None of the men were identified as a member of the clergy.