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Another Gay Business Torched in Budapest


One injured in Sauna attack


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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.

In the early hours of Wednesday, the Magnum gay sauna was was attacked.

And the gay rights group Patent is worried that the police are not providing adequate protection to gay establishments and the LGBT Festival as promised earlier.

Four 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..

One 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.

“We 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.

A statement from the police is expected later today.



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Posted: 3 July 2008 at 10:00 (UK time)



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