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First Pride Parade In Slovakia Canceled After Attack From Skinheads

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The very first gay pride parade in Slovakia ended the same way another Eastern European country's pride parade ended last weekend- in violence. Participants were attacked yesterday by about 80 hateful neo-Nazis who threw stones, eggs and smoke bombs into the crowd of marchers. According to the AFP news service, one participant, Ulrike Lunacek, an openly gay Euro-MP from Austria, was struck with a rock. The parade was promptly canceled by police.

Organizers are pointing the finger at police, who they say had been informed of the event far in advance, yet had still sent an insufficient number of officers to keep order. One organizer says that the police "were clearly unprepared to face such a situation, despite our warnings."

1 The Slovak Spectator is reporting that others are also blaming the police in their failure to protect the participants:

“Instead of the parade of pride, Slovakia has experienced a day of shame,” wrote Sme’s deputy editor-in-chief Lukáš Fila in his commentary suggesting that the attack by the neo-Nazis against the participants shows a failure by the state. Fila states that if the state was unable to secure order at an event which had been announced months in advance and about which all media had been reporting and to which foreign diplomats had confirmed their presence, then in what other areas are the police incapable of securing public order?"

1,000 people participated in the pride parade. Eight skinhead protesters were arrested.

A short video of the parade is AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. More photos here:

    http://jurajbartos.blog.sme.sk/c/229553/Duhovy-pride.html

    http://www.sme.sk/c/5387718/gay-pride-ocami-citatelov-smesk.html

    Posted by: Tommy | May 23, 2010 12:29:48 PM


  2. And these Barbarians want to be considered European?

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | May 23, 2010 1:02:50 PM


  3. I couldn't go (because two days before: I get a fucking pneumonia), but my sister went and she left right before they throwed smoke bomb. She said that skinheads were everywhere in the city. On the buses...everywhere.

    "Eight skinhead protesters were arrested." - I'm not 100% sure, but I think 8 skinheads were harmed (YAY:)) and Police actually arrested 25 skinheads.
    Police really fucked it up and really wasn't prepared. Our Interior Minister, of course, blames everything on the organizers and said that the police did a good job and that they should only interfere in the possibility of violence...

    Well, I guess if I look at the bright side: there were harmed only two people from the parade and it got people talking about GLBT problems!
    Other than that: Yeah, we´re pretty shitty, fucked up country!!!

    Posted by: Matty | May 23, 2010 3:12:17 PM


  4. By means of clarification, Ulrike Lunacek MEP was not hurt at the event. See our report here: http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/news-stories/first-slovakian-gay-pride-6th-romanian-gay-pride/

    Could you please correct this in your article?

    Many thanks!

    Posted by: LGBT Intergroup | May 23, 2010 5:12:41 PM


  5. As written above, Ulrike Lunacek was not hurt. The truth is, that a throwen stone missed her.
    But if you want to exagerrate the story, you can write that Hannes Swoboda attended this Gay Pride and was raped afterwards.

    Posted by: Skywalker | May 23, 2010 6:33:46 PM


  6. Matty: I congratulate you and others who are making progress in your country. We stand behind you in solidarity. I send you prayers and positive energy for continued change in your country.

    Thank your sister!

    Posted by: FunMe | May 23, 2010 6:34:39 PM


  7. ARTURO BEECHE:

    These Barbarians? No offense, but, in a span of less than 100 years, civilized Europeans caused 2 world wars that killed 100 million +. Civilized Europeans gave the world Hitler, Marx, Mussolini, fascism, Nazism, communism, ethnic cleansing/a holocaust, imperialism, death camps where millions were murdered, tortured, medically experimented on, and lamp shades were made out of tattooed human skin sliced off executed prisoners.

    Posted by: John in Boston | May 23, 2010 8:59:56 PM


  8. What do "Marx, Mussolini, fascism, Nazism, communism, ethnic cleansing/a holocaust, imperialism, death camps where millions were murdered, tortured, medically experimented on, and lamp shades were made out of tattooed human skin sliced off executed prisoners" have to do with homosexuality or even a gay parade at all?. Seriously....

    Posted by: Humberto | May 23, 2010 10:00:05 PM


  9. MATTY! I wish you a speedy recovery. Your sister was very brave but also I am sure you are very proud of her for going.

    I personally, was unaware that Slovakia had a skinhead problem. That apparently has been an issue since the mid-to-late '90s and sounds like it is the current leftover garbage of the SPR-RSC. If the people continue to question the ability of the police to do their job, then they will beef up security the next time (hopefully!)

    This reference may not make sense to a foreigner, but even San Diego Gay Pride got teargassed one year. I was mortified. I couldn't believe it. After years of going to Dallas Gay Pride without incident, the one place I never would have thought it possible was the place it occurred. Keep working it, Matty!

    On a brighter, unrelated note: Fort Worth's Rainbow Lounge this weekend was bouncin'! I've never seen so many people there, there were firedancers and all kinds of crazy fun going on. It was like they were having their own gay pride night. We ARE resilient.

    Again: KEEP WORKIN' IT, MATTY!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | May 24, 2010 9:09:00 AM


  10. News:

    http://tv.sme.sk/v/15598/this-week-in-slovakia.html

    Posted by: Tommy | May 24, 2010 2:55:38 PM


  11. The only good skinhead Nazi is a died skinhead Nazi

    Posted by: hinbww | May 24, 2010 3:49:20 PM


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