Sixty skinheads arrested at Bulgarian Gay Pride parade
Bulgarian police arrested 60 skinheads who
tried to disrupt the country's first Gay Pride parade Saturday, the Interior
A large police presence in the capital Sofia separated the several dozen parade participants from opponents from nationalists groups who threw firecrackers.
Amnesty International had warned that Bulgaria's first Gay Pride parade could be attacked. Nationalist groups had threatened not to allow the march to go ahead.
The Bulgarian National Union has been allowed to gather signatures for a petition against "homosexuality and child abuse" at the same time as the parade.
The parade, organized by the Bulgarian Gay and Lesbian group Gemini, was also been criticized by the country's Christian Orthodox Church and by Muslim representatives.
The venue was relocated twice within 24 hours on grounds of safety and morality and is now to take place on the Bridge of Love near the Cultural Palace in the centre of the capital.
The mayor relocated the parade from a park on the outskirts of the city because "many children play there."
The parade was also to have taken place on Sofia's main street, dpa reported.