Whoopi Goldberg records message of support for Budapest Pride
Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg has recorded a special message of support for a Pride event marred by violent attacks in recent years.
The Oscar-winning actor’s message will be played publicly on Sunday, the first day of Pride in Budapest.
“Whoopi has filmed and traveled in Hungary, and has spoken publicly of her love for Hungary,” Pride orgainisers said.
“Now hear what she has to say about the situation of Gay Pride in Hungary.”
Pride week includes events such as parties and a film festival alongside seminars and self-defence classes.
Budapest Pride was the target of violent fascist attacks last year.
An estimated 1,500 people participated in an LGBT solidarity demonstration.
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SWAT officers called in from all over Hungary followed the march and intervened when necessary.
The march was supposed to end in a cordoned-off area where a concert was going to take place.
It was cancelled as a neo-Nazi mob had beaten up the performer and police were forced to use tear gas and a water cannon to clear the route for marchers to leave.
The marchers were then escorted by police to nearby metro stations as the mob was dispersed.
Pride in Budapest in 2007 was plagued by skinheads and fascists shouting abuse and throwing items such as beer bombs, smoke bombs and petrol bombs at the peaceful marchers.
In the week leading up to last year’s Pride two gay businesses in Budapest were attacked with petrol bombs.