Neo-nazis, in general, aren’t known for their warmth, hospitality and open mindedness. Ukrainian neo-Nazis are a particularly nasty subset.
Backed by the Orthodox church, the thugs have a history of attacking LGBT people and events. Last year’s pride parade was shut down moments after kicking off after the bigots attacked marchers. This year, the neo-Nazis are already starting to make threats against 2015’s “March for Equality.”
“Today, we are forced to accept LGBT marches and festivals, and thus join the ranks of sinners and those who cover them. Who is going to be equated on this Sabbath? Immoral freaks, clowns and degenerates will be equated with those who have honor and dignity, respect and love for their neighbor, soldiers who gave their lives and health protecting peace in the country?” read a statement released by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN).
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Writing on Facebook, Artem Skoropadsky, the spokesperson for the Right Sector nationalist movement, posted, “Our colleagues from the OUN movement have released a strong statement about the gay parade in Kiev. In short, on June 12, there will be a bloodbath in Kiev. The organizers of the march still have time not to hold the march.”
The small former Soviet-bloc nation held its first pride parade in 2013. An inclusive bill to ban workplace discrimination was proposed in 2014, but withdrawn and resubmitted without protections for LGBT people.