Thousands Turn Out for Pride Parade in Kiev, Ukraine

On Saturday, thousands of LGBTQ+ rights supporters showed up for a gay pride parade in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

The Associated Press reports about 5,000 people were on hand for the march. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry estimated about 2,000 people showed up; organizers of the parade were saying the number was as high as 6,000.

The parade lasted for about 20 minutes. Protestors tried to block the marching seven times, but were strong-armed by police.

The first major pride parade was held in Kiev in 2016 after a pro-Western government came to power. In 2015, a pride march was called off when right-wing protestors shot participants with smoke grenades.


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