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Row in Sydney after rainbow crossing torn up

11 April 2013 Last updated at 14:29 BST

A row has erupted in the Australian city of Sydney after authorities tore up a road crossing that had been painted in rainbow stripes for the annual gay parade.

The crossing had become a tourist attraction, but the conservative government in New South Wales said it was a safety hazard.

Road workers moved in late at night and replaced the vibrant stripes with grey tarmac.

Tom Donkin reports.