2016-06-14 10:18:00

Kiev gay pride parade ends within half an hour with no incident

Kiev, June 14, Interfax - The March of Equality organized by LGBT community activists in central Kiev on Sunday has passed off peacefully.

The procession took around half an hour and ended near Leo Tolstoy Square, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The parade participants were carrying placards that read, "Do not be afraid to change everything," "LGBT rights are human rights," and were chanting: "Human rights are above all!"

Some people on the sidewalk shouted "shame" before being surrounded by police and moved aside.

Also present among March of Equality participants were Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc parliamentarians, who came to show their solidarity and support for the event.

The authorities took unprecedented security measures, with police heavily outnumbering the parade participants, some streets have been closed to traffic and pedestrians.

It was reported that Ukraine's National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze said that some 6,000 police officers would be providing public order during the March of Equality. The parade itself involved around 1,000 participants.