Pride marchers and protesters clash in Lithuania

Clash at Baltic Pride 2013 in Vilnius captured on amateur video

Pride marchers and protesters clash at Baltic Pride 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. aramarfoz

A crowd of protesters threw eggs and charged onto a stage at Lithuania’s second annual Pride parade, July 27, the Associated Press reports.

Several hundred gay and allied marchers in Vilnius were met with almost as many protesters, including Lithuanian politician Petras Grazulis. Grazulis and 27 other anti-gay activists were arrested.

Flying eggs hit pro-gay Lithuanian politician Giedre Purvaneckiene and Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson, neither of whom were injured.

“It shows that we need to march until eggs aren’t thrown anymore and people can march freely and without fear,” Purvaneckiene said.

Just last week, on July 24, anti-gay protesters attacked a similar parade in Montenegro.

Niko Bell

Niko Bell is a writer, editor and translator from Vancouver. He writes about sexual health, science, food and language.

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