Government Condemns Attacks on LGBT Activists
Three were injured by far-right nationalists
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Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned an attack by far-right nationalists on a group of activists rallying for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights in the center of Kyiv on Sunday.
Three were injured in the attack, among them two women and Michael Colborne, a freelance photographer from Canada who was covering the event. The three were sprayed with pepper spray and Colborne was hit in the face.
“Attacks on journalists, as well as any manifestations of intolerance and violence, are considered unacceptable. We are waiting for the results of the investigation by law enforcement agencies,” Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Kateryna Zelenko wrote on Twitter.
The rally was organized by the civic organization Insight and gathered approximately 40 people to mark the annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is observed on Nov. 20.
The counterdemonstrators included members of the far-right groups Tradition and Order, Right Sector, and the Religious National Front.