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LGBT activists in Mexico protest outside Russian Embassy over anti-gay laws

Friday, July 19, 2013

MEXICO CITY — LGBT activists on Friday assembled outside the Russian embassy in Mexico City to protest the country’s adoption of anti-gay laws.

According to reports, about 30 people attended the protest and were led by gay rights advocate Alonso Hernández Victoria, in a demonstration to send a message of solidarity to the Russian LGBT community.

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LGBT rights advocates protest outside the Russian Embassy in Mexico City.

Protestors demanded the immediate annulment of a Russian federal law signed by President Vladimir Putin last month, which bans so-called “homosexual propaganda,” punishing offenders with fines.

Protestors shouted slogans including “Look and see, Putin is also a fag,” and “If Lenin were alive, he’d be walking in high-heels,” to highlight what they say is moral hypocrisy LGBT Russian citizens face.

During the protest, according to an unconfirmed report, an unidentified man came out of the Russian embassy demanding police disperse the protesters. When the police refused, he forcefully pushed one of the protestors and made his way back into the embassy.

Victoria also delivered a letter to Eduard R. Malayan, the Russian Ambassador to Mexico, which demanded “immediate cessation of repression which violates the basic human rights of Russian citizens and undermines the development of a prosperous, inclusive and respectful nation.”

The advocates also said they will ask the Mexican government to speak in solidarity with the international LGBT community and against the anti-gay laws enacted in Russia.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Beautiful. That reminds me of the “god Save the Queen” portrait from “V for Vendetta”

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:39pm
  2. And you remember what happened to THAT guy in the movie.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:53pm
  3. Todos juntos a favor de la diversidad :3

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:50pm
  4. Hi there,
    I started a petition for the president of the EU to pressure the president of Russia to put down russia´s new law of arresting either russians gay people or even gay turists. Together with this petition I ask The president of the EU to open an european asylum fast lane for LGBT people who might have their lives in danger due to it´s country beliefs.
    It´s written in portuguese so that it goes straight to the EU president´s heart who´s a portuguese himself..
    and off course feel free to share it:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/po/petition/Corte_de_relacoes_com_a_Russia/

    xxx

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:56pm
  5. Putin es una perra

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:21pm
  6. only 20 hours left to donate and share.
    please help smash the closet!

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gay-men-straight-dictatorships/x/3659062

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:59am