Dozens of people took part in a rave party outside the Ukrainian president’s office on Friday to demand that authorities protect LGBTQ rights, sparking clashes between police and right-wing protesters trying to prevent the event.
The organizers accused the authorities of “doing nothing against the violence” of right-wing groups and in a Facebook post they called for investigations into past attacks and legislation to combat discrimination.
“Deprived of state protection, we use the only effective tool of direct democracy we have left: protest,” they said.
“And our protest will be strong and noticeable. “
Although Gay Pride takes place every year in Kiev, it does so with a strong police presence as homophobia is still very prevalent in the former Soviet republic.
# photo1The rave had to be delayed after far-right activists tried to stop it.
Two were briefly detained after a scuffle with police, police said.
Then the young people – some waving rainbow flags – danced to electro music played by DJs.
The organizers also linked their event to what they called a “real police crackdown” on the electronic music scene which “makes the country dangerous for its citizens and unattractive for foreign guests”.
# photo2 In addition to demanding reforms from the police, prosecutors and the judiciary, they also called for investigations into “illegal raids on the capital’s techno scene and the brutal illegal detentions of cultural figures”.
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