Gay Politician Attacked with Acid at Vienna Pride Event

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Ulrike Lunacek (Wikipedia Commons)

Pride Month, usually a positive, exciting time for most LGBT citizens, became a nightmare for Austria’s first openly-gay politician when she was attacked at the Vienna Pride event.

Greg Kabel

An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview, according to The Local. Fortunately neither Lunacek nor her team was injured from the attack.

The acid damaged clothing and camera equipment. According to police spokeswoman Barbara Riehs, the acid caused almost $68,000 worth of damage in technological equipment.

Lunacek spoke of what happened to her at the end of the event at Vienna’s City Hall.

“Never before has there been an attack at Rainbow Parade,” Lunacek said. “These kinds of isolated cases showed that the fight for tolerance, acceptance and respect in Austria are not over. People who spread fear and hate need to be opposed.”

Butyric acid, according to LGBTQ Nation, is an oily, toxic, colorless chemical made predominantly of fats with rancid smell, and is the primary cause of the foul smell associated with human vomit and flatulence. It is commonly added to stink bombs.

The 2014 Pride Parade also happened to be the largest to date.


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