Fifty Austrians Detained by Police in Budapest Following Gay Pride

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Two Austrian participants in the Budapest Gay Pride were arrested yesterday, following the annual parade. They were detained overnight and released in the early hours of this morning.

All together, some 50 participants who had travelled from Austria on a bus chartered by the Austrian Student Union to take part in the Budapest Pride were detained by police for almost two hours as they prepared to leave the Hungarian capital for the journey home.

“It was after the parade and we were walking back to our bus to travel home to Vienna when we were physically attacked by around 15 people with terribly smelly sprays, reported Judith Götz, who also writes for LAMBDA-Nachrichten, the magazine of Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Wien.

“When we escaped into the bus, the neo-Nazis told the police, who were also present, that they would have been attacked by us. The police then brutally dragged all 50 of us out of the bus.

“We had to hand over our passports and were put, one by one, in front of the group of neo-Nazis so that they could ‘identify’ those who had allegedly attacked them.

“The neo-Nazis then randomly picked two of us as having attacked them,” she said

The two people were then arrested. While the rest of the Austrian group were, after almost two hours, finally allowed to rejoin their bus and travel home to Vienna, the two participants arrested due to the false accusations of the neo-Nazis were only released early Sunday morning. The two, who have not been named, are reported by Austrian broadcaster ORF to now be back in Vienna.

“We are really appalled by the handling of this affair by the Hungarian police, and we expect that this incident will have some sort of diplomatic sequel,” Kurt Krickler, secretary-general of HOSI Wien, told UK Gay News.

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