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Watch far right thugs attack an LGBTI rights forum in Ukraine while police look on

Watch far right thugs attack an LGBTI rights forum in Ukraine while police look on

An LGBTI rights conference in Lviv, Ukraine was shut down to protect participants after a homophobic mob attacked the Hotel Dnister that was housing the event with rocks and fireworks, causing authorities to step in and stop the event.

Riot police looked powerless to contain the mob of ultra-nationalists, who turned on them after they were pushed back into a park, forcing them into retreat.

Around 200 people had registered to attend the event but only around a dozen successfully made it into the building – and even they had to be evacuated after a bomb threat was made against the hotel.

They were forced to flee to a waiting bus that then hurried away as it was pelted with rocks and stones.

Organizers had originally planned to hold a public pride march in Lviv. However early on Saturday morning Lviv District Administrative Court ordered a ban on all public events in the area where the Equality Festival had been planned to take place, citing security fears.

US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt turned to Twitter to condemn the violence the following day.

‘Bad news that Lviv Equality Festival was unable to proceed due to violent counter protests,’ he tweeted on Sunday.

‘Displays of intolerance in Lviv at odds with the European future so many Ukrainians have sacrificed for.’

Canadian Ambassador to the Ukraine Roman Waschuk was also unimpressed with how authorities handled Saturday’s events.

‘A strong state should have a monopoly on violence,’ he tweeted, ‘This also applies to dealing with thugs threatening #LGBT events.’

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin condemn the violence, saying a police investigation had been opened.

‘Tolerance & non-discrimination make Ukraine stronger,’ Klimkin tweeted.

‘I condemn attack on #LGBTI activists in Lviv. Police is [sic] investigating the case.’

However many reports stated that not a single person had been arrested for violence during the event by police.

You can watch footage of the violence and police inaction below that was captured by Gazeta.ua