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Teen attacked on way to Melbourne’s Midsumma gay festival

Revellers at the 2015 Midsumma Festival Pride Parade. A teenage boy was bashed on his way to the opening of the 2016 festival on Sunday (January 18). AAP Image/Newzulu/Courtney Biggs

Revellers at the 2015 Midsumma Festival Pride Parade. A teenage boy was bashed on his way to the opening of the 2016 festival on Sunday (January 18). AAP Image/Newzulu/Courtney Biggs

Melbourne, AAP – A teenage boy has been hospitalised after a violent attack on the opening day of the Midsumma Festival, the Victorian capital’s flagship gay and lesbian pride event.

Police say the teen and a friend were making their way to the festival through the Alexandra Gardens on Sunday when he was approached by a man, believed to be known to him, and assaulted.

Numerous passers-by intervened, holding the man so the two teens could leave and report the matter to police.


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