On June 12, the Gay Parade took place in the Ukrainian capital.
The march was advertised as an action to protect not only members of LGBT community, but also all the discriminated against categories of citizens. Its main slogan was “Human Rights are the country’s security.” It had official name “Equality March.”
The way this event occurred characterizes pretty well the atmosphere in today’s Ukraine.
The first Equality March took place in Kiev in 2013. The following year, the planned march was canceled after police admitted inability to ensure the safety of participants. Last year, one of policemen guarding the parade was killed by the protesting homophobes.
In anticipation of the Equality March activists, some of the right-wing organizations, in particular the “Right Sector” and “Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists”, announced their intention to prevent the gay parade.
There were published such threats as: “We’ll make a bloody mash out of the marchers”. However, the other right-wing activists, on the other hand, expressed support for the action, explaining that by their opinion all citizens of the European Ukraine should have equal rights.
In the morning Police reported that field mines were discovered on the route of the march.
Approximately 1,500 people participated in the march. Foreign diplomats and politicians were among the marchers. About 5,500 police officers and 1,200 soldiers of the National Guard protected the parade. There were much more security forces at the site of the march than participants themselves.
Ukrainian journalist Alyona Yahno wrote in Facebook that for the15 years of her professional work she had never seen so large a number of security forces in Kiev’s streets. Her main impression of the “Equality March” was: “For us it is just a police operation so far”.
The concern of the security forces was understandable. Here is a video showing Ukrainian Nationalists-extremists marching Kiev’s streets preparing to beat up and kill gays:
Equality March started at about 10:10 AM local time and took about 20-30 minutes, after which the participants were taken from the city center by buses, arranged by the organizers.
All day long groups of aggressive hoodlums were seen in many places in the center of Kiev. They were searching for the marchers, shouting obscene curses and fascist slogans.
In the underground exhibition center in the south of the Ukrainian capital a group of ten homophobes beat two marchers. One of the victims was taken to hospital with injuries of moderate severity.
It is alleged that the beatings also took place in other parts of the city.
The actions of the opponents of the march were coordinated from headquarters, headed by several extreme-nationalistic politicians. They organized medical aid for the opponents of the March, however, such aid was not needed, because none of the homophobes were physically damaged.
Police reported that 57 “violent individuals” who “did not respond to police notices” were detained. The detainees were interrogated. Some of them were released.
One man was arrested after he snatched the Ukrainian flag from the hands of one of the participants of the parade, demanding him to stop “defiling” the national symbol.
Below is a video of the event published by the Russian liberal Internet GraniTV, blocked by the government in Russia. The posters carried by the most of demonstrators say: “Rights of minorities are human rights!”
A homophobe speaker at the end of the reel says: “Homosexuality is a sin against God. Pederasty and lesbianism are sins. Pederasts never can bring about posterity! Pederasty is Satanism inflicted on us by American kikes and bankers!”
Russian official propaganda is trying to present the parade in Kiev as an example of decadence created in Ukraine by the European influence:
A flag with the description “Ukraine is Europe” was added by Photoshop to a photograph of a parade in Netherlands, and presented as made in Kiev.
The above photo, made in Columbia, was presented in Russian Internet as made in Kiev.
Very typical is this cartoon that appeared in Russian and Ukrainian Internet:
Petro Poroshenko: Can we get credits?
Angela Merkel: No.
Petro Poroshenko: Can we get visa-free regime?
Angela Merkel: No.
Petro Poroshenko: But what can we get, since we are Europeans now?
Angela Merkel: You can have a Gay Parade.