Footage of Russian "thugs" in the Siberian city of Irkutsk allegedly mistaking members of a St. Patrick's Day flashmob for gay rights activists and beating them violently is making the media rounds.
Local authorities told Interfax via AFP, "On Sunday evening, members of Easy School held a St Patrick's Day flashmob in the mall. Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall."
Meanwhile, a law enforcement source told the news organization that the Easy School members were mistaken "for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation," according to the report.
Meanwhile, The International Business Times cites a statement from a school official which confirms students and teachers were injured in the attack, but that "it could have been any young people who weren't to the taste of these grey masses."