Topless rave turns ugly as yobs hurl bottles in clashes with LGBTQ activists

Bottles were hurled as supposed far right activists clashed with pro-LGBTQ demonstrators at a topless 'rave'.

Police had to use truncheons and tear gas to bring things under control as things turned ugly at the street party outside the president's office in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital on Friday.

One officer was injured in the melee, reports RT.

Shocking footage from Russian state media showed riot police holding back the baying crowd with truncheons as they and revellers were forced to duck to avoid airborne glass projectiles.

Partygoers were seen earlier in the day playing music and dancing with their shirts off in the sun, but the fun quickly came to a halt when a group of men, believed to be members of a nationalist group, stormed the area.

A metal barrier was established between the two groups, and it is understood the pro-LGBT group escaped largely unharmed.

The ugly scenes came as Ukrainian parliament considers a bill that would outlaw discrimination based on race, gender or sexual identity.

If it passes, it would help the nation progress in its Association Agreement to join the EU.

Organiser and leader Sofia Lapina from UkrainePride said in the run-up to the event that sexual minorities still encounter a large amount of hate crimes across the country.

Ukraine is currently in 36th place out of 49 European countries in terms on protection of LGBT rights by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a former actor who rose to power after playing the leader of the country in a popular TV show, was elected on a platform in 2019 that promised to champion progressive causes.

He has however been criticised by some on the left for appearing to move slowly on laws regarding same-sex marriage and hate crime.

A pride protest in the city of Odessa last year was also marred by violence, and law enforcement at the time were criticised for not stepping in quickly enough.

Kiev police have not released any information yet about arrests in yesterday's protest.

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