Thousands of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activists gathered in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on Saturday for the city’s gay pride parade, but the event was briefly interrupted by a number of protesters.
Next to the rally, thousands of conservative South Koreans and Christian church members held their own demonstration against same-sex relationships.
Police kept the two camps apart and prevented any major confrontations.
Conservative Christianity, which was mainly imported from the US, is strong in the country and a powerful political lobby.
The organisers of this year’s gay pride event projected that attendance could reach 50,000 – the largest number in its history.
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