Lesbian politician attacked at Vienna Gay Pride

Lesbian politician attacked at Vienna Gay Pride

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:07 Written by // Cec Busby

Austria's Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek was the victim of an acid attack at the Vienna gay pride event.

Lunacek who is Austria’s first openly lesbian politician having come out in 1980 was attacked whilst conducting an interview at the pride event.

Fortunately for Lunacek, the attacker used the malodorous Butyric acid which whilst unpleasant in odour is not corrosive like most acids.

The liquid damaged her clothes and reportedly caused $50,000 EUR worth of damage to the recording equipment being used for the interview by broadcaster ORF.

The attacker fled the scene and is yet to be apprehended.

Lunacek told media she was "irritated that this happened in Vienna" where gay pride has always been "a joyful celebration for 19 years".

Despite Lunacek’s claims that Vienna Pride is a joyous celebration, it is not without its opponents. Whilst 150,000 people marched around Vienna in celebration, demonstrations in protest of Pride were also taking place, with the Christian ‘March For Family’ taking to the streets to protest LGBTI people and rainbow families.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

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