Russian Police Shut Down “Unsanctioned” Gay Rights Rally in Moscow

Anti-gay protesters attack a gay rights activist during an LGBT community rally in central Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Over 20 arrests were made yesterday in Moscow as police shut down a gay rights rally in the Russian capital.

The arrests were made after authorities  had blocked a request to hold a pride parade for the tenth year in a row, resulting in demonstrators taking to Tverskaya Square.

Reuters reports that Anti-gay Orthodox campaigners also attacked the peaceful activists, before black-clad riot police separated them.

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Demonstrators were able to unfurl a rainbow flag for a short time – reading “Make love not war” – but they were also attacked by an anti-gay group before riot police ripped the flag away.

“It is lawlessness of Moscow’s and Russian authorities – what is happening here is a complete lawlessness,” leading Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev said. “We are just trying to hold a peaceful human rights action.”

 Article | Levi Joule.

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