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Ukrainian police detained 56 far-right members during protest at gay pride

More people were detained in an altercation near the Opera House

2018-06-18

Ukrainian police have detained 56 members of far-right radical groups after fights before the capital’s gay pride march.

On Sunday (June 17), more than 150 far-right protesters attempted to block off the route of Kiev’s gay pride march and fights started when police in riot gear moved to clear the street.

In a statement, the police said: “Several men who resisted and used gas canisters against law enforcement officers were detained.”

The far-right group C14 claimed the police surrounded the protesters and attacked them with batons and tear gas.

In a Facebook post, they wrote: “Look at how they protect ‘sexual minorities’ and violate the rights of regular Kiev citizens.”

More people were detained in an altercation near the Opera House, police said.