by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Belarusian gay activist Maxim Tsarkov was slashed by a gay-basher Aug. 24, according to Web site http://www.pride.by.
Tsarkov and three friends said they were first accosted by a group of homophobes in the Minsk bar Hall. The men disparaged Tsarkov’s group because of their sexual orientation and were evicted from the premises by security guards.
The assailants apparently later followed Tsarkov’s taxi and then attacked when he got out of the cab.
Tsarkov said one of the men told him, “You need to answer for your actions … fag,” before breaking a beer bottle and flinging it into his face.
Tsarkov was taken to a hospital and received 18 stitches.