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Russian security forces arrest 34 during Moscow gay pride protest

Sunday, May 29, 2011

MOSCOW — Russian Interior Ministry Troops and Moscow Special Tactical Militia (police) arrested 34 people during an unauthorized gay pride parade in the center of the Russian capital Saturday.

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U.S. gay rights activist Dan Choi arrested in Moscow

Moscow police spokesman, Maxim Kolosvetov, told Russian news agencies the 18 gay activists and 16 counter-demonstrators were arrested near Manezhnaya Square and Aleksandrovsky Garden, a short distance from the Kremlin.

Kolosvetov noted that separate groups of Ultra-Orthodox Christians and anti-gay demonstrators also fought with the Gay Rights activists as well as with police and the ministry troops. According to Kolosvetov, individuals were not targeted due to their sexual-orientation.

American LGBT rights activists Andy Thayer from Chicago, and Dan Choi, from New York, were confirmed as having been arrested, along with prominent British LGBT activist Peter Tatchell and French gay rights advocate Louis-Georges Tin.

Nikolai Alexeyev, the leader of Russia’s gay rights movement, did not attend, having suffered an injury to his foot during a television debate Thursday.

Alekseev, who had organized Saturday’s protest in defiance of a ban imposed by the Moscow city authorities, told media outlets that the demonstration was aimed at connecting gay rights with the Soviet Union’s stand against Germany in World War II, which remains a cornerstone of Russian national pride.

“The demonstration ban is particularly shocking because during the Second World War, Muscovites stood against the Nazis who thought to exterminate Jews, homosexuals and Communists, but now the mayor of Moscow is colluding with new-Nazis,” said Tatchell, who has taken part in previous demonstrations in Moscow.

City officials denied gay rights activists permission to stage a parade on May 28, referring to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of November 4, 1950, which states that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly can be restricted in the interests of public order and protection of the rights and freedoms of other people.

Although homosexuality was decriminalized in post-Soviet Russia, anti-gay sentiment is high and Russian authorities justify the bans on the grounds of trying to prevent fights.

Activists also tried to hold a demonstration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin and later outside the mayor’s office.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. This breaks my heart.

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:52pm
  2. the fuck…

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:54pm
  3. think of it this way..they didn’t let the govt push them around so they took their voice out on the steets…lots of protesters get arrested for their beliefs…

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:55pm
  4. least they have the balls to stand up for themselves…we in America bitch we have no rights but do nothing about it….many of my friends say…”not my place to go out and do anything”

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:56pm
  5. wow =’(

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:58pm
  6. Kudos to them for having the balls to get out there and do something, even though they knew something like this would happen. Don’t just sit there and say how awful it is (though it is awful), emulate them so things like this don’t happen again!

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 3:21pm
  7. wow.. that society is a lil behind the times.

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 4:01pm
  8. This is horrible! Get with the program, already former USSR!

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 4:40pm
  9. uhm some gay ppl can be racist too (becuz i’m asian pacific islander too). they goes, “you don’t belong here because you are f**king ugly asian slant eyed”.

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 5:11pm
  10. Stay strong! One day the whole world will except you! <3

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 5:40pm
  11. *ahem* the whole world is still not accepting. it doesn’t get BETTER at all yet. they can’t help it.. well, it’s sadly. that way it is.

    Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:20am