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2 apparent homophobic attacks reported after Berlin Pride

Police say two apparent homophobic attacks have been reported following Berlin’s annual pro-LGBTQ Christopher Street Day celebration

Revelers dance as they take part in the annual pride march in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2022. Draped in rainbow flags, around 150,000 people were marching for LGBTQ rights at Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day celebration. Berlin police gave the crowd estimate on Saturday afternoon but said the number could grow into the evening. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

VIENNA -- Two apparent homophobic attacks were reported following Berlin’s annual pro-LGBTQ Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, police said Sunday.

In one incident, two girls, aged 16 and 17, and a 15-year-old boy were confronted by a group of nine people in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood on Saturday evening. The group approached the two girls and made anti-gay remarks to the two girls, police said, presumably because of their clothing.

When the 16-year-old girl answered, one man in the group knocked her hat off her head and tripped her, causing her to fall to the ground. When she stood back up, the same man punched her in the face, then fled.

The girl suffered light injuries, including a wound on her lip, but declined help from emergency services.

In central Berlin at around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, a group of eight people insulted a 32-year-old man. As he ran away, they caught up to him and physically attacked him, kicking his head and upper body while he lay on the ground.

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