A group of LGBT activists have been shot with water cannons, after staging a protest in Peru.

More than two dozen people gather in Lima’s Plaza de Armas to take part in a protest they called “kisses against homophobia.

Check out some video footage below:

Protesters in the video are shouting “no homophobia”, as several scenes show officer beating, kicking and kettling activists.

Sin Etiquetas, a Lima-based LGBT website, also shared numerous photos of same-sex couples kissing and holding hands in the street before police moved in with armoured trucks.

George Liendo of Promsex, a Peruvian LGBT rights group, said members of his organisation took part in the protest.

“The aggression was excessive towards the young people who gather each year in the main square to kiss against homophobia,” he said.

He added that religious and cultural events regularly take place in the square without incident.