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Thousands Attend Gay Pride March in Ukraine’s Capital

Thousands of individuals went to a gay pride ceremony in Ukraine’s capital in the middle of limited protection Sunday.

A counterdemonstration by a couple of hundred ultranationalists resulted in scuffles with authorities in which 2 police officers were harmed as well as 6 individuals detained, Kyiv authorities principal Andrei Krishchenko claimed.

Much of midtown Kiev was cordoned off as well as around 5,000 policeman were on responsibility for the gay pride march, which has actually generally been a prime focus for strikes by ultranationalists.

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Kiev authorities spokesperson Oksana Blishchik created on Facebook that regarding 2,500 individuals went to. The course of the ceremony was altered in the nick of time in an effort to avoid clashes.

Individuals marched in vibrant outfits as well as with rainbow flags as well as placards, consisting of one that reviewed “Love as well as allow love.”

The ultranationalist team Right Field had actually alerted the day prior to that their fans would certainly make certain the ceremony finished in a “bloodbath.”

Kyiv held its initial significant pride march in 2014 after a pro-Western federal government that pertained to power after the 2014 change approved such occasions.

Previous gay pride rallies in Ukraine have actually finished in physical violence. In 2015, a gay pride march was cancelled when conservative protestors showered individuals with smoke explosives.

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