After Pride was banned for the fourth year in a row, organisers were given permission to gather publicly and read a statement on the importance of Pride to the LGBT+ community.
The crowd refused to accept that a five-minute reading of a statement was all they would be allowed and defied the order to disperse. Many had to run for their lives when police started shooting plastic bullets and tear gas.
Dozens of people were beaten by police and many have been arrested. One attendee was attacked by 10 police officers and a police dog.
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Published: 01 July 2018