Geplaatst: Za Jun 28, 2008 18:53 Onderwerp: Anti-gay activists attack Czech Gay Pride
Brno - At least 20 persons were hit by tear gas used by anti-gay activists about 20 minutes after the end of Czech homosexuals' march at the
namesti Svobody square and the Masarykova street in Brno today.
The police and neo-Nazis clashed after the end of the homosexuals' Queer Parade, the first of its type in the Czech Republic.
The chaos lasted about 45 minutes and the tension largely subsided after 16:00.
The city police said the emergency service treated two people and one city police who collapsed and had to be hospitalised.
In adjacent streets, the police chased neo-Nazi activists. One of their groups pelted a group of about five Romanies with tomatoes.
Clashes between opponents of the gay march and homosexual activists started even before it started as the former threw crackers in the
crowd. The police detained three persons.
The march did not start at the planned 14:00 and organisers were considering cancelling it for fear of clashes. The march eventually did
take place, but on a shorter route.
The march lasted about 20 minutes and there was no violence. The crowd included about 500 persons with hundreds of onlookers in the city
It ended at 15:00 when homosexuals released rainbow balloons at the namesti Svobody square.