John M. Becker

Russian Thugs Think St. Patrick's Day Revelers Are Gay, Attack Them

Filed By John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: attacks, flashmob, mistaken identity, Russia, violence

russia-flash-mob-attack.jpgLast week in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, students participating in a St. Patrick's Day flashmob were mistaken for LGBT activists and beaten up by a gang of violent Russian thugs. reports:

A fight broke out after students at a language school held a belated St Patrick's Day flashmob in a mall in Irkutsk, a police spokesperson said.

"On Sunday evening, members of Easy School held a St Patrick's Day flashmob in the mall. Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall," the spokesman said.

A law enforcement source told Interfax that the fight was based on a misunderstanding. "The Easy School members were wearing historic costumes, particularly kilts and their opponents mistook them for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation," the source said, using a Russian phrase meaning gay.

The school posted a video of the flash mob on the social networking site VKontakte showing many wearing checked kilts and confirmed its students and teachers were hurt in the fight.

A teacher reportedly suffered a mild concussion in the attack. Watch the video footage, after the jump. (Warning: violence.)

h/t: Towleroad

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