Violent nationalists attacked LGBT event in Ukraine, police could not help

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The meeting in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv was held by Amnesty International with an aim to gather the LGBT activists on the nationwide level. However, Amnesty says that more than 20 far-right group members arrived and threatened the participants with violence in order to force the event to get cancelled. Shockingly, five officers from Pechersk District Police who attended the scene allegedly refused to do something to protect activists and nobody was arrested. Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, said the attacks would not have happened if the attackers weren’t sure they would remain unpunished. The police’s total indifference is to blame, he believes. Kyiv hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, and at the time Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko ensured that Kyiv was a welcoming and accepting city for LGBT people. As we see, it was far from truth.

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