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LGBT Leader In European Parliament Attacked At Pride Parade

Police are searching for an assailant after the attack at the annual Rainbow Parade in Vienna, Austria.

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Ulrike Lunacek, a member of the European parliament (MEP) and Austria's first out gay politician, was reportedly sprayed with butyric acid while giving an interview at the annual Rainbow Parade in Vienna, Austria on June 13, according to The Local.

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Lunacek, a member of the Greens party, also serves as a co-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights. Here, she holds a European flag during a Gay Pride pride parade in downtown Budapest in July 2012.

"Never before has there been an attack at the Rainbow Parade," Lunacek said after the parade, which attracted a record 150,000 people. The attack shows the fight for tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people in the country is not over, she said.

Lunacek and those interviewing her were uninjured but their clothes and camera equipment were damaged. As of Sunday, police continued to search for the attacker.

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Butyric acid is an oily, colorless liquid with a strong odor resembling human vomit and has been used in stink bombs.

Tony Merevick reports on national LGBT news for BuzzFeed. He has covered LGBT community news and politics since 2010 and joined BuzzFeed in 2013.

Contact Tony Merevick at tony.merevick+DONE@buzzfeed.com.

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