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Stones, Tear Gas Mark Gay Pride Rally in Bucharest, Romania


Approximately 500 marchers at a gay rights rally in Bucharest, Romania were met by hundreds of protesters who hurled stones, eggs, tomatoes, and trash at them in an effort to break up the march. Thankfully, over 700 officers were in place to protect those marching. They held off the violence with tear gas and arrests.

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Police spokesman Christian Ciocan told Reuters: "No one was hurt during the parade, we detained dozens of violent (any-gay) protesters." Monsters and Critics reports that " The attackers were not identified as part of any organized group, though authorities suspect connections to a right-wing religious association Noua Dreapta, or the New Right, which rallied Saturday morning against the gay-rights march later in the day."


Police also reportedly thwarted an attack on Tuesday, according to the Guardian: "Two men leaving a Bucharest cinema that hosts the annual "Gay Fest" festival were beaten by eight attackers. Police stopped the attack and arrested several people."


Half of those arrested were juveniles, police reported. They will face fines for disturbing the peace. Romania decrimialized homosexuality in 2001 as part of reforms intended to facilitate their entry into the European Union.


Past Gay Prides in Romania...
Second Gay Pride in Romania a Violent Affair [tr - 2006]
Romania holds its first Gay Pride March [tr - 2005]

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  1. Well, I guess that's a step up from when Vlad the Impaler ruled the land. Actually, that'd be a great name for a Romanian porn star.....

    Posted by: Zlexar | Jun 11, 2007 9:17:08 AM

  2. it's an odd contrast to north american Pride events which are largely partycentric these days.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jun 11, 2007 9:28:42 AM

  3. Hooray for the Romanian government for doing their job policing the protestors.

    Russia could learn something from Romania.

    Posted by: Tiger | Jun 11, 2007 10:09:35 AM

  4. I think people need to see that a bunch of hoodlums does not represent the whole nation of Romania.Unlike Russia,Gay prides are allowed to be performed and homophobia is condemned by its government.As for these nazis,is there a trend of neo nazis and religious nutjobs of the Fred Phelps variety in Eastern Europe.I sometimes I wished I was there to kick these bigot`s asses.

    Posted by: Toby | Jun 11, 2007 10:29:03 AM

  5. Homophobia may be condemned by the government NOW, but it took a lot of work on the part of human rights workers and international pressure to convince them that they had to do it to get into the EU. The Romanian Orthodox church was perhaps even more homophobic than the Russian, or at least found homophobia earlier in the game (mid-90s).

    I'm not sure what's up in Romania, but in many parts of Eastern Europe the homophobes are funded and supported by US antigay "Christian" groups.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jun 11, 2007 10:47:32 AM

  6. Zlexar

    Vlad was and is the only reason you are not a muslim and speaking arabic.

    Vlad held the montain passes and kept the muslim invaders from sweeping over europe.\

    You should be thanking Vlad for what he did. the forests of muslim trees= arab invaders impaled on spikes , so many in fact that it appeared to be an entire forest scarred the piss out of future arab invaders.

    Otherwise zexlar you would be named Mohamed and bowing to mecca 5 times a day.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 11, 2007 11:10:22 AM

  7. Dear Anon -

    Yes, yes, I know all about Vlad "Dracole", prince of Wallachia, and how he gets props in Romania for holding back the hordes of Sultan Mehmet II. Many Romanians see him as a bit of fusion between Jeffery Dahmer and George Washington. Also famous for impaling children on Easter!

    But I'd argue that just because some sadist's deeds had some beneficial results, it doesn't follow that he was a wonderful guy or that Romania isn't a better place today (my original point).

    For example, we all know what amazing things Joe Stalin achieved in his own country, but few of us would have preferred to live there instead of modern Russia. Which also sucks, but not as much.

    Posted by: Zlexar | Jun 11, 2007 12:35:02 PM

  8. Zlexar Vlad's infmay saved not just Romania, it also saved all of europe. France, germany, etc all saved from being conquered by muslim hordes thanks to Vlad.

    All of Europe should be thankful to his antics.

    "Babies" Uhm, NOT. Muslim invaders impaled, YES. Thieves in his own terrirotyr impaled, YES. Adulturers, well in other countries at that time it was burned at the stake so whichever you prefer. Etc.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 11, 2007 3:35:02 PM

  9. Let's be more open to alternate histories, people. Who knows how a Muslim Europe would have turned out? Kim Stanley Robinson's novel "The Years of Rice and Salt" explores this beautifully (although our history's Europeans don't convert, they all just die from a much more lethal bubonic plague). In the meantime, why are people bashing Islam in a post about intolerance by Orthodox Christianity? Get real: All religions suck equally.

    Posted by: DH Pierce | Jun 11, 2007 5:44:23 PM

  10. true DH

    But the person I was lambasting surely would hate being a muslim.

    The best alternative histories I have read are ones where the roman empire never fell. Emperor Julian the beloved of Apollo succeded in ousting the cultist galileans from leaching the strength of rome and science and technology advanced instead of receeded during the long dark ages.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 11, 2007 6:41:55 PM

  11. I’m of Romanian decent and have been there many times. The Romanian population is predominantly rural and the country is in many aspects equivalent to US in the 1920s. Singularly the fact that there was a pride parade is a MASSIVE advance. Bravo to those activists as they truly are risking life and limb.

    Posted by: MO | Jun 11, 2007 8:13:53 PM

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