Right-wing protesters in Hungary throw eggs, smoke bombs at gay rights marchers
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Several hundred skinheads and right-wing activists threw rotten eggs and smoke bombs at people participating in a gay rights parade in Hungary’s capital Saturday.
Police detained several of the protesters and tried to disperse the rest, some of whom threw beer bottles at police. No injuries were reported.
Members of the Movement For A Better Hungary and the Hungarian National Front said they were angry about two recent developments.
On Thursday, Gabor Szetey, a state secretary in the prime minister’s office, announced he was gay while the smaller party in the Socialist-led ruling coalition said it would seek to legalize gay marriages.
Some 2,000 people participated in Saturday’s march, which took place over several kilometers (miles), from Heroes’ Square to the foot of one of the bridges over the Danube River.