LGBT+ activists were left with painful injuries.
St. Petersburg Pride in Russia was attacked by a group of skinheads armed with pepper spray over the weekend, with at least three taken to hospital with chemical burns.
The small gathering of around 100 campaigners came together in the city’s Field of Mars park, which has been designated a “free speech zone”.
However, people attending the Pride event were concerned about being attacked, and even requested a police escort, but were refused.
Towards the end of the LGBT+ event, which proceeded relatively peacefully throughout the day, a group of skinheads in tracksuits stormed the group and attacked them with pepper spray.
As you can see in the video report above, a girl kicks one of the attackers as he runs away, but another member of the skinhead group comes back to spray chemicals in her eyes.
The Pride event very nearly didn’t take place, according to The Moscow Times, after event organiser Yury Gavrikov was told there was going to be a WWII remembrance in the park.
Gavrikov claimed that authorities create “pseudo-events” to use as an excuse for LGBT+ protests to not be given the go-ahead in the park.
Elsewhere, lesbian activist Anna Grabetskaya was detained by police for holding up a sign which read “I love my wife”.
The campaigner was arrested for violating Russia’s ban of gay ‘propaganda’ and could now face up to 10 days in prison.