Slovenian gay venue vandalized

by Rex Wockner

International News

The gay/lesbian bar Cafe Open in Ljubljana, Slovenia, was vandalized twice in late June.

Local activists said a Molotov cocktail was placed at the entrance and that the building was defaced with graffiti, including "Death to faggots."

Activists said similar graffiti was found on the house of the judge in a case against three men who attacked the bar last year and were sentenced to 18 months in jail following hate-crime convictions.

In last year's incident, the attackers carried torches, threw rocks and shouted that gay people should be killed. They reportedly beat and burned gay activist Mitja Blazic, who required hospital attention as a result.

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