BUDAPEST, July 3, 2008 — Another gay business in the Hungarian capital has
been torched, following a fire in a gay club in the city last week.
the early hours of Wednesday, the Magnum gay sauna was was attacked.
the gay rights group Patent is worried that the police are not providing
adequate protection to gay establishments and the LGBT Festival as promised
petrol bombs were thrown into the sauna. The perpetrators are said to
have called the sauna before the attack, just as in the case of the gay bar
that had been bombed last Friday, to check if there were people inside, a
Patent spokesperson said..
man is said to have suffered light injuries in the attack from inhaling the
hot fumes. The sauna had kept several extinguishers at hand since last
week’s attack and so the fire was promptly extinguished.
Following the bombing against a gay bar last week, the police had promised
to keep a closer watch on gay businesses — and the events of the 13th LGBT
Film and Cultural Festival, which is taking place this week.
are doubtful if the police are really protecting the gay establishments as
they promised,” said Gábor Kuszing of Patent Association.
“Police were present around the cinema housing the Festival, however they
left after the politicians opening the Festival finished with their
speeches,” he added.
statement from the police is expected later today.
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Posted: 3 July 2008 at
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