Lithuanian Pride Marked By Protests

Jim Burroway

May 8th, 2010

About 400 people participating in Lithuania’s first Pride observance in downtown Vilnius were met with more than 1,000 rock- and smokebomb-throwing protesters and were protected by 800 police. Nineteen people were detained, including two anti-gay lawmakers. A Russian-language news report says that a march along the Neris river was cut short due to the violence. A Molotov cocktail was also thrown Molotov cocktail was thrown into the offices of Youth for Tolerance, which helped organize the event. The bomb failed to ignite and no one was injured.

It was the first Gay Pride event in Lithuania, a largely Catholic nation of 3.4 million people that acquired independence from the Soviet Union two decades ago. The parade was originally authorized by the Vilnius city council, but was was prohibited Wednesday by a court. An appeals court on Friday overturned the ban.

Update (May 10): We heard from Kate at Amnesty International, whose account differs from early news reports:

I’m based at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat and was at Baltic Pride on Saturday.  Just a couple of corrections — the march wasn’t cut short (and trouble from the counter-demonstrators didn’t really happen until the end of the march when most of the participants had left the site) and the Tolerant Youth Association had its windows broken that morning but there were no molotov cocktails.  We reckon we had about 500 people on the march and it was a huge success. More info will be available here and participants are sending in their info via the Baltic Pride facebook page here.

paul j stein

May 8th, 2010

Well, the current POPE was a NAZI YOUTH. Not a far stretch to see his support for assault,violence,suppression of anything not related to the (PRO)creation of more Catholics to then send cash to the Vatican. Humans will breed like rats if left to do so. The POPE want as many as possible to be Catholic.

Uki

May 8th, 2010

Wow…just wow…..Now THIS is what I call gay pride.

TampaZeke

May 8th, 2010

Sadly there were probably two gay people in the anti-gay fascist groups, hurling insults and smoke bombs, to every one gay person in the pride parade.

Burr

May 8th, 2010

What’s with those signs? Are those open safety pins? What’s the symbolism?

Guffey

May 8th, 2010

The “Russian-language news report” site has a larger version of this pic. On several signs, above the safety pin, it reads “Be Open”. Interesting.

Pilis

May 9th, 2010

Baltic pride was successful despite the fierce oposition. You can find some more photos at Gayline.lt article as well as some videos here.

Timothy Kincaid

May 9th, 2010

As a Christian, reports like this make me sick:

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.

Aaron

May 9th, 2010

I agree Timothy.

I thank God that Molotov Cocktail didn’t light.

VapoRob

May 10th, 2010

Wouldn’t it be great if those 400 brave brothers and sisters of ours marching for equality over there could come march in one of our parades over here together? Wow what a block party it would be. I was at the San Diego pride of 1999 when tear gas was set off at the parade. There were families and kids at that pride who were affected as well. I feel for them having to live in a country that has more hatred then our closeted bigoted homophobes that we have here.

Grant

May 10th, 2010

Bless those brave LGBT sisters and brothers in Lithuania. What courage it must take. I am humbled by their strength and tenacity.

Audrey the Liberal

May 10th, 2010

What are the safety pins for?

TampaZeke

May 11th, 2010

Audrey, see Guffey’s comment above.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required)
(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

 

Latest Posts

Federal Judge Blocks UNC From Enforcing North Carolina's "Bathroom Bill"

Georgia Pastor Who Praised Orlando Shooting Arrested for Child Molestation

Maine's Governor Is the Epitome Of What's Wrong In The Republican Party

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Today In History, 1970: Protesters March, then Riot in Greenwich Village over Police Harassment

Born On This Day, 1844: Edward Carpenter

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Today In History, 1951: California Gay Bars Given Very Brief Reprieve

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.