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Austrian Greens MEP Ulrike Lunacek attacked with acid at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade

Austrian Greens MEP Ulrike Lunacek attacked with acid at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade

Openly lesbian Greens MEP and co-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights Ulrike Lunacek was attacked at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade on Friday, marring an event in which 150,000 marched for LGBTI equality.

Police are still searching for the perpetrator who threw butyric acid on Lunacek but he is described as wearing a white polo shirt and having dark hair and a solid build.

The attack damaged Lunacek’s clothes and caused €50,000 in damage to electrical equipment belonging to journalists who were interviewing her when the attack took place.

Neither Lunacek or the team that were interviewing her sustained any physical injuries during the incident and she was able to speak to the crowd at Vienna’s City Hall.

‘Never before has there been an attack at the Rainbow Parade,’ Lunacek said, according to The Local, adding that the attack showed that the fight for LGBTI acceptance was not over in Austria.

Around 50 Christian protesters were holding a counter-demonstration in the city on the same day but it is unknown if the attacker had anything to do with that event which was itself counter-protested by around 200 LGBTI rights supporters.

Butyric acid has a strong odor and has been used as a deterrent against Japanese whalers by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and by anti-abortion activists in attacks on abortion clinics.