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Baltic Pride – ‘Love & Peace Always Wins’

Published: 9/06/2016

Paulina Bradunaite was twelve-years-old the first time Baltic Pride graced the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2010. It was the first successful display of any LGBT rights march through in the capital, but she was too young to understand its significance; too young to remember the thousand-plus counter-protestors hurling projectiles—stones and fireworks—at the LGBT demonstrators (barely in their hundreds), or the clouds of tear gas, fired by an extensive police presence as pride’s opponents turned violent.

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