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Bucharest, Romania: Gay rights parade viciously attacked (with photos)

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Police used tear gas and clashed with protesters who tried to attack the annual gay rights parade held on Saturday in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through downtown Bucharest to protest against discrimination and call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. Romania rally: Protesters clash with police
Associated Press
Sunday, June 10, 2007 (Bucharest)

Police used tear gas and clashed with protesters who tried to attack the annual gay rights parade held on Saturday in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through downtown Bucharest to protest against discrimination and call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages.

The parade sparked a series of incidents as violent protesters tried to attack marchers.

About 100 people were detained after they threw stones and fireworks at police at about 400 participants in the gay rights march, according to a police spokesperson.

No injuries were reported, he added.

The spokesperson said police intervened with tear gas because people, including passers-by, were at risk of being hit with stones.

Meanwhile, members of Romanian Christian organisation ''Noua Dreapta'' (The New Right) held a march on Saturday to promote traditional family values in protest to the gay pride parade, calling it a threat to the morality of public life.

On Tuesday, two men leaving a Bucharest cinema, which hosts the annual ''Gay Fest'' festival, were attacked and beaten by eight attackers.

Police intervened to stop the attack and arrested several suspects.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Romania in 2001.


Members of the Romanian gay community pose during a march through Bucharest June 9, 2007. Romanian riot police detained dozens of militant protesters on Saturday as hundreds tried to violently break up a gay rights march in the capital, Bucharest. Around 500 gay activists marched through the city to demonstrate against discrimination in this essentially conservative country and to call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)


A member of the Romanian gay community holds a rainbow umbrella during a march through Bucharest June 9, 2007. Romanian riot police detained dozens of militant protesters on Saturday as hundreds tried to violently break up a gay rights march in the capital, Bucharest. Around 500 gay activists marched through the city to demonstrate against discrimination in this essentially conservative country and to call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu (ROMANIA)


Riot policemen stand in guard during a march through Bucharest June 9, 2007. Romanian riot police detained dozens of militant protesters on Saturday as hundreds tried to violently break up a gay rights march in the capital, Bucharest. Around 500 gay activists marched through the city to demonstrate against discrimination in this essentially conservative country and to call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)


An anti-gay protester is arrested by riot police during a march through Bucharest June 9, 2007. Romanian riot police detained dozens of militant protesters on Saturday as hundreds tried to violently break up a gay rights march in the capital, Bucharest. Around 500 gay activists marched through the city to demonstrate against discrimination in this essentially conservative country and to call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)


An anti-gay protester is arrested by riot police during a march through Bucharest June 9, 2007. Romanian riot police detained dozens of militant protesters on Saturday as hundreds tried to violently break up a gay rights march in the capital, Bucharest. Around 500 gay activists marched through the city to demonstrate against discrimination in this essentially conservative country and to call for the legalisation of same-sex marriages. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA)


Romanian riot police arrest a girl from a group that challenged an anti-gay march organized by far right organizations in Bucharest Romania Saturday June 9 2007. Up to 200 far right activists demonstrating against an upcoming gay march in the Romanian capital were challenged by a small group of youngsters that were dispersed by police who arrested a number of them.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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