Lithuania’s Gay Pride Parade Suffers Fire Bomb Disruptions and Fascists But Still Goes On!

Baltic Pride in Vilnius suffered a firebomb attempt last night, but Lithuania’s first gay parade went on under the protection under the guard of hundreds of soldiers and city police.

\Opponents of Lithuania’s first gay pride parade threw smoke bombs and tried to break through a barrier but were stopped by police firing tear gas,  Fascist groups also lined the parade route with megaphones to hurl insults at the marchers

Bu that did not stop them.  Holding large rainbow flags and dancing to music blaring from loudspeakers, they walked along a road near the city’s Neris river. About 400 people took part in the two-hour march — dubbed “For Equality” — in a sealed-off area in downtown Vilnius. Holding large rainbow flags and dancing to music blaring from loudspeakers, they walked along a road near the city’s Neris river.

Protesters carried crosses and signs and shouted insults at rally participants. A Catholic Mass at the nearby national cathedral was held to pray for homosexuals. “Sweden has already wiped out traditional families. Now they came over here to tell us how to live, how to think and who to sleep with. Lithuania will not allow such perversions,” said Jonas Kempinskas, who walked from the Cathedral to the protest holding a huge cross. (And yet, Jonas Kempinskas, Sweden is far more successful and popular and pleasant than Lithuania ever has been or will be. Curious, isn’t it?)

Those who marched in Lithuania are all heroes!

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Will Kohler

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