“Gay haters attacked the Swedish Minister with eggs”
By Cathy Kristofferson, July 27,2013
After months of court battles, Baltic Pride 2013’s March for Equality, today successfully proceeded along Gediminas Avenue in the center of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. Escorted by 500 police, fire brigade and a helicopter overhead, an estimated 600 proud marchers were met by an array of egg and bottle throwing Neo-Nazi and religious fundamentalist protesters.
Amazing video linked below will give you an idea of the atmosphere.
Amnesty International Denmark tweeted “A lot of of angry protesters showed up to shout and throw bottles and eggs, but the Baltic Pride was still a big success.” By all accounts the police did a fine job of keeping order despite the dozens of protesters that were reported to have been arrested.
Baltic Pride posted to their Facebook wall “IT WENT ALL GOOD!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!”
Among those attending was a 30-strong group of representatives of sexual minorities from the other Baltic nations of Latvia and Estonia, about 50 representatives of Amnesty International from different countries of the European Union, a number of Lithuanian MPs, MEP from the Netherlands Sophia in ‘t Veld, an Austrian politician Ulrike Lunacek, and Harvey’s nephew Stuart Milk of the Milk Foundation.
The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported:
“Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson had eggs thrown at during a gay pride parade in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius at noon on Saturday. She was hit several times, says Carl Lagerqvist, her press secretary.“
Amazing video of clips from the march and rally that followed:
Here NI of Belfast posted:
“News from Lithuania: Our development worker, Orlaith has reported that the Baltic Pride March went off peacefully today…hundreds of protestors lined the streets to shout slurs at marchers and brandish signs of hate but everyone was safe and it marks a huge leap towards equality for the Baltic region. Well done to all who fight for LGBTQ rights across the world!”
We agree! Congratulations to all involved! Here are a few pics from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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