Leader of Attacks against Sofia's Gay Parade Freed on Bail

Crime | June 29, 2008, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

The leader of the nationalist extremists Bulgarian National Union Boyan Rasate was released Sunday on BGN 500 bail after being arrested for allegedly taking part in the attempted violence at Sofia's gay pride parade.

Over the last week Rasate's BNU had been among the strongest opponents of the gay parade, and even launched a campaign under the motto: "Be Intolerant, Be Normal" with posters spread all over Sofia.

According to some accounts, Rasate's five-year old daughter, whom he brought with him to the anti-rally, was left alone and helpless after he was arrested and thrown in the back of one of the police cars.

More than 60 persons have been arrested by the police for trying to attack and harass the participants in the proces, which took place in Bulgaria's capital on Saturday afternoon.

The arrested are mostly representatives of the skin heads and other extremist groups, who were throwing stones, bottles, squibs, and even Molotov cocktails at the procession.

The massive presence of the police, who were about as many as the participants in the parade - 150, however, prevented the hooligans from doing harm to any of the homosexuals and their supporters, and no one has been reported injured.

Meanwhile, many of those who accompanied the arrested persons, complained of police violence against their friends.

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