Gays attacked ahead of festival in Ukraine

20 Mar 2016 / 15:00 H.

    LVIV, Ukraine: Some 200 right-wing militants on Saturday attacked dozens of gay people with smoke bombs and stones in Lviv, a nationalist bastion in western Ukraine, an AFP journalist witnessed.
    The attack occurred as representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community left a Lviv hotel which is hosting a gay rights event this weekend.
    Despite the presence of police, the attackers -- some of whom wore masks -- also threw firecrackers and green paint at the LGBT activists and their bus.
    Homosexuality remains highly stigmatised in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic. — AFP

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