2008-05-04 11:42:00

Gay activists attacked in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, May 4, Interfax - Unidentified assailants attacked gay activists after a Day of Silence picket in Chernyshevsky Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Several homophobes dressed as rappers, attacked gays and lesbians as they were leaving the park after the picket at 2 p.m., a gay activist told Interfax.

They punched and kicked several picketers and fled after they saw police approaching, he said.

These people remained nearby all through the picket, he said. "Police approached them for an ID check, but failed to isolate them," he added.

No comments from police are available to Interfax.