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Suspected Neo Nazis Firebomb Armenian Gay Bar (Video)

Suspected Neo Nazis Firebomb Armenian Gay Bar (Video)

Swastikas riddled the walls of the DIY Rock Pub in Yerevan, Armenia last week. Early Tuesday evening, a group of young men arrived at the popular, lesbian-owned bar and set fire to a “No to Fascism” poster, then vandalized the premises with Nazi symbols.

This is the second time DIY has been targeted. Arsonists set the property ablaze on May 8 with a petrol bomb hurled through the bar’s window. DIY is known as a gathering spot for members of Armenia’s LGBT community and other “alternative thinkers.”

Gay Star News reports that police took 12 hours to respond to the attacks. Two young men were arrested after authorities reviewed the bar’s CCTV footage. Both suspects were released within a few hours.

“The arson attack on the pub had been committed by members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation [a left-wing nationalist party],” claims Tsomak Oganezova, the owner of DIY. One suspect’s bail was paid by two prominent ARF members.

Said Oganezova, “Everything started the day when Yerkir Media TV channel interviewed me, because I had participated in a gay parade in Turkey.”

Ianyan Mag, an Armenian news blog, reports that Oganezova issued a statement via Facebook that she is leaving Armenia because of the attacks. “[We will] continue to solve this problem, to move forward and make sure [the perpetrators] are punished for what they did,” she wrote. “[Then] I’m going far away … Iím going to be with those like me, I’ll go fight for and with those like me.”

Thankfully, no one has been hurt in the attacks, but damage to the property is estimated to be upwards of $4,000 USD. Supporters are gathering donations and organizing a charity concert to help cover the costs of repair.

Watch CCTV footage of the May 8 attack in the video below:

Video Source: YouTube via Ianyan Mag

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9:56AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Crazy vandals.

4:09PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Pamela T....".why dont these terrorists bomb al quaeda? "

+++++++++++++ Because they are brothers!

4:08PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

"gay bar started it with there hateful sign “No to Fascism”.

++++++++++++ Well, THEY STARTED IT! SO WE FINISHED IT!" Just like school-yard bullies since the beginning of time....what a cultured and intelligent comment! How mature! Really! Must make your mother SO! proud!

2:33PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LuUhs4z8w4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DhEwpRcPozE

10:29PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Horrible any way you look at it...and that is including the disgusting comment from Kevin M., who appears to be another anti-gay troll....*sigh

1:50PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Imagine if the Neo Nazis's had a "NO FAGGOTS" sign on the outside of there club calling out homosexuals every time they passed it. I my opinion gay bar started it with there hateful sign “No to Fascism”.

4:32AM PDT on May 23, 2012

"No Comment"...

4:10AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Outrageous

10:08PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Amazing the slime that passes for human these days. Let us look to the day when cause and effect come together on their cursed backs.. They'll get theirs.

5:13PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Armenia....what a surprise.

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