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    Interior Ministry members stand guard as activists take part in the so-called Equality March, organized by a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, in Kiev, Ukraine

    Gay March in Kiev Ends With Clashes, Wounds and Arrests (VIDEO)

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    An LGBT "March for Equality" in Kiev turned dangerous for its participants.

    About 300 activists gathered in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday morning, but their march did not last long, local Hromadske.tv reported.

    • Gay activists hold the first Gay Pride march in Kiev
      Gay activists hold the first Gay Pride march in Kiev
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    • Gay activists hold the first Gay Pride march in Kiev
      Gay activists hold the first Gay Pride march in Kiev
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    © AFP 2019 / GENYA SAVILOV
    Gay activists hold the first Gay Pride march in Kiev

    Just ten minutes after the march had begun, some 20-30 radicals started throwing smoke grenades and spraying tear gas at the activists. The Red Cross administered first aid to an activist who received a serious wound to the neck.

    About 1200 policemen tried to keep the peace during the march. When the activists had covered some 500 meters in thirty minutes, the police advised them to put off their vests and disperse for their own safety: a group of hundred radicals with baseball bats were approaching.

    The police clashed with radicals. Nine officers requested medical assistance.

    Thirty people were detained. Criminal cases will be launched against those who were apprehended with knives, the police press service reported.

    The Right Sector nationalist group  earlier voiced their discontent with the slated march and vowed to prevent the "obscene orgy." Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko called on the organizers to cancel the event. President Petro Poroshenko promised to ensure the security during the march.

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