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Dozen Injured in Attack on Estonian Gay Pride Parade


Organizers of a gay pride parade in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, say at least 12 people have been injured in an attack by a group of young men.

One of the injured, a man from France, had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury. The others were treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

A parade spokeswoman said the attackers used sticks and stones against the marchers shortly after the parade began Saturday afternoon.

She said police tried to intervene, but there were too few officers to handle the attack.

This was the third annual gay pride parade in Tallinn. Previous parades went off without incident.

Gay rights activists in Latvia were attacked last month following a church service held to show support for sexual minorities. The activists had earlier been denied permission for a gay pride parade.

Organizers of today's parade compared the Tallinn attacks to that incident.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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