‘This way if you are gay’ – Swedish peace group launches gay sonar against Russian subs

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP

An underwater defense device is lowered into the water in the archipelago, outside Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish peace activists who argue that military hardware isn't the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defense installation: a gay-themed sonar system. Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP

An underwater defense device is lowered into the water in the archipelago, outside Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish peace activists who argue that military hardware isn’t the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defense installation: a gay-themed sonar system.

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP

STOCKHOLM — Swedish peace activists who argue that military hardware isn’t the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defense installation: a gay-themed sonar system.

In a publicity stunt dubbed “Operation The Singing Sailor,” the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying “This way if you are gay.”

The device also features a neon sign with a sailor waving a white flag and the words “Welcome to Sweden – Gay since 1944” – the year Sweden decrminalized homosexuality.

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The group is urging the Swedish government to resist calls for re-armament after a weeklong hunt in October for a suspected Russian submarine, saying “love and peace across boundaries is more important than ever.”

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