I posted earlier this week about the two gay men that were robbed and stabbed at EuroPride in Stockholm by men yelling homophobic slurs. The incident is being classified as a hate crime by Police.
Unfortunately, more horrendous anti-gay violence has marred the usually liberal-thinking Swedish capitol during the Pride celebration. Another beating and robbery, plus anti-gay vandalism, have struck the weeklong celebration.
Details of the crimes, as well as a first hand account from Sweden, after the jump...
According to 365Gay.com:
As EuroPride was getting underway, two gay men in their late 20s were stabbed and robbed.
Police said the men had just shared a kiss when they were accosted by two men yelling gay slurs. They were robbed of their cell phones. When one of the men resisted, he was stabbed in the stomach. The other was stabbed when he tried to fend off the attackers.
The attackers escaped before police arrived on the scene.
Early Wednesday morning, two other gay men were beaten by three men who used gay slurs and denounced EuroPride. Neither of the victims was seriously injured.
Three men aged 17 to 20 were arrested a short time later and charged with assault as a hate crime.
The Local reports that the second couple attacked by "three men saying humiliating things and then started to assault them without provocation. They mentioned the Pride festival and that the men were gay." Neither was seriously injured, but one of the men stabbed in the stomach earlier in the week is still in serious condition.
The city has also been experiencing anti-gay vandalism. Three Lutheran churches in Stockholm were vandalized with flyers pasted over the facades of the buildings denouncing EuroPride, with Biblical condemnations of homosexuality, female pastors, and loud music. The flyers, posted by a group calling itself "orthodox Christians", were taped to the exterior walls of the churches and strewn on the ground with rocks to hold them in place.
The serious nature of the crimes has many attendees nervous and taking extra care. An acquaintance of mine that lives in Stockholm sent me a message on MySpace saying:
There is a lot of fear in the city right now. People are traveling in large groups; cops are out on every corner. It has definitely shaken the community. While we are not going to live in fear and not celebrate our Pride, we are all looking over our shoulders to try and stay safe. It is sad that what is normally such a joy filled event being targeted by homophobic haters.