Ultra-right activists broke windows and reportedly used tear gas on police outside a hotel where the European Lesbian Conference will take place. Despite threats, conference organizers said they would not be intimidated.
Dozens of protesters from extreme-right groups sought to disrupt the upcoming European Lesbian Conference at a hotel in Kyiv on Thursday.
Although the conference isn't due to officially kick off until Friday, ultra-right activists have been targeting the hotel for several days.
Oksana Pokalchuk, the director of Amnesty International Ukraine, posted pictures on Twitter of broken windows at the hotel and "homophobic threats" that were written on the walls.
On Thursday, protesters picketed the hotel, carrying signs with homophobic slogans, including "We are against gays" and "Go back to hell, sodomites."
Some of the far-right activists tried to break through security cordons and used tear gas on the guards on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.