2021.06.01 10:58

Anti-LGBT activists paint over rainbow-coloured crossing in Vilnius

LRT.lt2021.06.01 10:58

A rainbow-coloured crossing in Vilnius has become the target of a suspected anti-LGBTQ+ stunt.

The crossing on Pylimo Street was first donned with the colours of the LGBTQ+ flag in 2018 and was not been vandalised before.

The colours on the crossing were recently renewed, but a video posted on social media on Monday shows a group of four people covering it with black spray paint.

Vilnius Police have confirmed they received a report about the incident on Monday night.

“We are investigating the circumstances of this incident. Once we find out everything and collect all evidence, we will be able to comment more,” Donaldas Dubaka, chief of Vilnius 3rd Police Commissariat, told the Elta news agency on Tuesday morning.

The video was shared by Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius, a liberal MP, who commented that “these people are simply terrorists”.

He later posted a photo showing a rainbow drawn with chalks on the crossing.

Vilnius Deputy Mayor Valdas Benkunskas has told that the rainbow crossing will be repainted.

“The mayor noted this morning that [the crossing] will be repainted the way it was and we'll send the bill to the ‘heroes’ of last night,” he said on Tuesday.

Anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment has been at the centre of political debate in Lithuania recently, with parliament voting down a gender-neutral partnership bill last week. In early May, a big ‘family march’ in Vilnius has attracted several thousand participants and was greeted by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda.

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