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May 21, 2012

Gay activists beaten and tear-gassed by youths in Ukrainian capital after pride march abandoned

Ukrainian capital's first ever gay pride was cancelled yesterday amid fears of attacks from far right thugs.

Police advised pride organizers to abandon the march through the center of Kiev just 30 minutes before it was due to start, claiming 500 ultra-right football hooligans were en route to the rally point with the intention of preventing the event from going ahead.

Two activists were beaten up and tear gassed by a dozen youths in central Kiev after those already gathered for the march were evacuated with police escort.