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LGBT office is attacked in Kharkiv

Grenades and empty pepper spray were seized from the scene
11:48, 5 July 2018

The LGBT office was attacked in the Podilskiy valley in Kharkiv, as the press office of the National Police reports.

Information about the incident was received by the Police Department at 9 PM.

According to the preliminary information, unknown in gas masks broke into the place, threw a smoke grenade, used the pepper spray and damaged the organization property.

Related: EU and ambassadors of 16 countries urge Ukraine to tolerate LGBT community

Grenades and pepper spray were seized from the crime scene.

Criminal proceedings were opened under Part 2 of Art. 296 ("Hooliganism") Criminal Code of Ukraine. The article provides deprivation of liberty for up to four years.

Reportedly, ambassadors of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Cyprus, Dania, Canada, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the US called Ukraine for a tolerance for the LGBT community.

Related: Men spray pepper gas at LGBT pride partisipants in Russia

March of equality was held in Kyiv on June 17. Clashes broke out between the Police and nationalists. Tear gas was used against the Police. Five officers needed a medical aid. Generally, 57 offenders were delivered to the Police Departments to do background checks and hear reasons for the commission.

The march of equality ended up without serious clashes as a whole.

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