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Russian police detain dozens during Pride event in Moscow

Saturday, October 1, 2011

MOSCOW — Police detained dozens of anti-gay protesters and gay rights activists during a gay pride rally in central Moscow on Saturday.

The detainees included members of a nationalist organization who threw tomatoes at participants and had prepared to shoot a paintball gun, RIA Novosti reported.

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Saturday’s protest was one of the few gay rights events sanctioned by authorities, reported the Associated Press. In recent years, several attempts to hold gay pride marches in Moscow and other Russian cities have been blocked by police and Russian Orthodox Church activists.

Earlier this week, members of the Arkhangelsk Regional Assembly approved a measure to “protect the morals and health of children.”

The law bans public actions aimed at the so-called promotion of homosexuality directed towards minors, and all activities aimed at “promoting homosexuality” in public places, such as gay pride.

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9 more reader comments:


    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:31pm
  2. good get rid of all them, russians

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:31pm
  3. @ Timmy if are happy for anyone to suffer you don’t respect your own freedom

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:40pm
  4. If we really had the freedoms we think we do in the USA we would have more pride events in smaller and smaller towns. The lack of pride events taking place is not a lack of homosexuality. No everyone is able socially or politically speak straight about being gay or supporting individuality. That is repression.

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:45pm
  5. Yeah Wayne,where we have the right to complain about not being equal.

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 3:15pm
  6. Wtf. Why?

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 6:04pm
  7. I like Russia. But for the first time, I am disappointed. What really grinds my gears is the whole “protect the morals of children” bullcrap. People always seem to use the kids as an excuse to limit people’s freedom. They’re basically taking advantage of the protective feelings people have for children. It’s deceitful and underhanded.

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 9:16pm
  8. This is no susprise. They’ve been doing this for the past years.

    Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 12:23pm
  9. Kristie, you weren’t disappointed when their military killed 70,000 Chechen civilians in 5 years in a pointless and selfish occupation?

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 8:58am