Thousands attend LGBTQ rally in Prague after Slovakia shooting

Thousands of protesters rallied in Prague on Wednesday to honour two gay men who were shot dead outside a bar in neighbouring Slovakia.

Demonstrators have called for more protection for the LGBTQ community and their families following the shooting.

The gathering in the Czech capital’s Wenceslas Square was held on the same day as the funerals of Matúš Horváth and Juraj Vankulič in Slovakia.

The two Slovaks were killed two weeks ago in front of a popular bar in Bratislava.

The 19-year-old suspect was found dead by police. He had allegedly shared anti-semitic and homophobic posts on Twitter before the shooting.

Police initially investigated the killings as a hate crime but later said they suspected it was an act of terrorism, and that the suspect had planned to target other people, including Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger.

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