The March of Equality for the Rights of the LGBT community was held in the center of Odesa. During the event, three people were detained. This was reported by the press service of the National Police.
"During the rally of participants of Odesa-Pride 2019 rally, which took place today in the city center, police and national guards monitored the rule of law and security of all citizens, regardless of their views and beliefs," the statement said.
Some aggressively-minded citizens tried to provoke a conflict between the procession participants and the police.
Clashes between participants and opponents of the rally were avoided.
Earlier, in St. Petersburg, a few men went after LGBT Pride participants after the event and sprayed pepper gas in their faces. In the group of victims there were journalists, reports Fontanka, the St. Petersburg-based Internet newspaper.
On August 12, the LGBT Pride took place in St. Petersburg. Even before the end of the rally, young men began to gather near the venue, but the police did not allow them to join the event. Participants of the rally for equality ended it at around 15:30, after which they began to disperse.
Fontanka cited its correspondent who said when activists and journalists crossed the 2nd Garden Bridge near the Marsovo Pole, they were attacked by young people in sports clothes who sprayed pepper spray in their faces. Among the victims are participants of LGBT event, Current time journalists, photographer David Frenkel. One of the victims was hospitalized because of the eye injury.
At the time of attack police was on the other side of the bridge, but did not attempt to detain the offenders.