Sunday, June 18, in Kiev held a «March for equality» campaign of the Ukrainian LGBT community. During the March the police managed to prevent several acts of provocation, however, the participants reached the endpoint of the procession — the area of Leo Tolstoy.
During the March participants «Kievprayd» chanted the slogans: «Rebel, love, don’t give it to rights!», «Human rights — above all!», Ukraine is for all» and others.
The Agency «UNIAN» reports that in a gay parade was attended by about a thousand people, which was guarded by 5.5 thousand security forces.
In the «March of equality» was also attended by members of foreign diplomatic missions in Kyiv, including the ambassadors of Canada and great Britain.
Activists of the Ukrainian nationalist organization, in particular the «Right sector» and «Svoboda» has blocked the streets of Central Kiev and tried to prevent the rally, which forced police to change the route. Some opponents of the gay parade were arrested.
Earlier a press-the Secretary «Right sector» Artem Skoropadsky called on the page in Facebook to block the city centre to prevent the gay parade. Skoropadsky also told the media that the nationalists did not intend to physically attack sites «Kievprayd».
On the eve of the Kiev «equality March» unidentified hackers broke into the website of the LGBT organization «Gay Alliance Ukraine» and threatened the participants of the organization with violence.
«Equality March» held in Kyiv for the sixth time. In 2015, the «equality March» in Kiev lasted only a few minutes and was interrupted by the outbreak of the riots. Shortly after the start of the March 20-30 people started to throw parties, smoke bombs and tear gas canisters. After the riots the police encouraged the protesters to go through the courts. During the clashes injured five people, including police officers. One of the guards was seriously wounded thrown a smoke bomb. The following year, the Kiev authorities tightened security during the gay pride parade.
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