Ukrainian neo-Nazis attack LGBT ‘pride’ event in Odessa, organizers say police were slow to intervene but 16 people later arrested

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08/31/2020

Sixteen Ukrainian ultra-nationalists were arrested on Sunday after the far-right Christian organization ‘Tradition and Order’ attacked marchers at Odessa Pride 2020, the city’s biggest celebration of LGBT society and culture. According to the official Facebook page of the movement, members of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi group arrived at the site of the festivities ten minutes after the event began, attacking the participants with pepper spray and ‘zelyonka’ – an antiseptic dye most famously used in 2017 against Moscow protest leader Alexey Navalny. Odessa’s police department noted that members of the anti-LGBT group also threw eggs. The organizers said that local police did not react quickly enough, but asked them to “prosecute the perpetrators” and take action against the right-wingers for “hatred and inciting violence.” Sixteen people were arrested and charged with petty hooliganism and disobeying the orders of the police.

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