Says San Diego LGBT Pride executive director Ron deHarte, who was attacked on Saturday while waiving a rainbow flag at Equality Torch Relay: “I was waiting for the Equality Torch Relay to come by Main and Broadway and standing in front of the famous overly life-size lemon (statue), and with a rainbow flag big as day … and someone decided to remove me from Lemon Grove. He started wailing on me and tried to take the flag away and made it very clear he didn’t think I should be there: ‘Get out of here. What do you think you’re doing? You need to get the fuck out of here. Get that out of here. There’s no place for you here.’ All the while, he was grabbing at the rainbow flag and trying to take it away from me. And he was kicking me and slapping. He hit me good a couple of times. … I got the side of his fist the first time he hit me, then I think he got my lower jaw on another time. He kicked me a few times. I wasn’t bleeding or anything. It certainly hurt. I certainly had soreness as the day went on, and this morning when I woke up, I realized my upper lip was swollen and the inside of my cheek was cut up.”
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