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Bulgarian extremists attack gay parade with rocks

Saturday, June 28, 2008

SOFIA, Bulgaria —  Extremists throwing rocks, bottles and gasoline bombs have attacked the Bulgarian capital's first gay pride parade.

Police say they prevented the extremists from harming the 150 or so people in the procession through Sofia. No serious injuries have been reported.

Police say they detained about 60 people for harassing the parade participants.

Gays face widespread hostility in Bulgaria and opposition to Saturday's parade has been fierce. The far-right Bulgarian National Union had called for "open resistance" to the gay pride parade with a campaign featuring posters that say: "Be Intolerant, Be Normal."

Bulgaria's influential Orthodox Church said the march should be banned as it undermines the country's Christian traditions.

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