Police have made an arrest after a woman hurled homophobic abuse at a London pride parade.
Twitter user Yusuf Patel posted video of the incident, showing a woman wearing a niqab yelling at people, including one man draped in a rainbow flag.
In the video, the woman shouts, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Shame on you, shame on all of you.
“Shame on you, you despicable people, shame on you, you shameless people.”
A parade steward then intervenes to break up the altercation and lead the rainbow-clad reveller away.
After the incident, police in Waltham Forest said a 38-year-old woman had been arrested and taken into custody in north London.
“Officers investigating footage circulating on social media of abuse directed at those taking part in a Pride event in Waltham Forest have arrested a 38-year-old woman,” police said.
“She has been taken into custody at a north London police station.”
The police said they had arrested her under section 4a of the Public Order Act.
Video footage of ‘disgusting’ abuse goes viral
Patel recorded the video at a Pride parade in east London. The video has since racked up more than 3.2 million views on Twitter.
“Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today,” Patel tweeted.
“No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate.”
Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today.
No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate! Also, very importantly we cannot call out one form of hate but be silent/complicit on others. @GalopUK @stonewalluk pic.twitter.com/kDAFoAb8Vw
— Yusuf Patel (@YusufJP_) July 27, 2019
London’s Metropolitan Police earlier urged any witnesses to come forward.
“Abusing someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is a hate crime,” a spokesperson said.
“If you have been verbally or physically abused, harassed or attacked in any way by someone because you are or they think you are LGBT+ please report these crimes to police or through a third party agency.”
Also, local MP Stella Creasy called out the woman’s homophobic tirade at the Pride parade on Twitter.
“Gutted to see this. Such hatred isn’t acceptable anywhere, let alone in our home town,” she wrote.
“Proud that many from all faiths and none today, including Islam, joined the Waltham Forest Pride march to show Walthamstow really does mean welcome.”
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