MOSCOW, May 25 (RIA Novosti) – Several dozens of LGBT activists and their opponents were detained in the Russian capital on Saturday during a string of gay pride events in the city’s center, Moscow police said.
The majority were held during an attempted gay pride rally in front of the City Hall, which refused earlier to sanction the event.
Several gay rights activists were also held by the State Duma’s building when attempting to stage consecutive solitary pickets, which require no official permits.
Police reported in the afternoon that least 30 people were detained in downtown Moscow.
At least one conservative protester was held by the Duma for assaulting two female LGBT activists, according to a RIA Novosti correspondent on the scene.
Several self-proclaimed Cossacks also appeared by the Duma to oppose LGBT activists, chanting a prayer but not intervening.
Later in the evening, gay rights activists and their opponents clashed at popular Gorky Park, which includes one of Moscow’s so-called “Hyde Parks” allotted by the city authorities for demonstrations. The police said that some 15 activists from both sides were held.
Gay rights activists have been requesting permits to hold a rally in Moscow since 2006, but city authorities repeatedly refused to sanction the event. An anti-xenophobia rally staged by gay rights activists was sanctioned in St. Petersburg last year, but ended in an attack by ultranationalists that police failed to stop.
Russian authorities stepped up the crackdown on the LGBT community since last year, with several regions passing the ban on the vaguely defined “gay propaganda among minors.” The ban was proposed for nationwide adoption and successfully passed the first reading in the State Duma in January.
Separately, some 50 LGBT activists successfully held a 30-minute gay pride rally in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday, police protecting them from a crowd of 400 conservatives opposing the event.
(Updates earlier version of the story with more detentions, recasts headline)
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
- bielecPart of the NWO campaign03:37, 26/05/2013Demoralization, gay parades, xxx websites, feminist movements, children's rights that desolve parential authority, destruction of traditional family model, damning down reforms in education, damning down media and entertainment industry, attacks on churches and religions - all of it is supported and often financed by the big banking families - zionists attempting to destroy any source of independedent cultual values and traditional lifestyles.
In addition, new generations are being engineered in such a way that they lack real academic knowledge and are unable to use independent, critical thinking skills.
This is done to dessolve nationalism, patriotism, and solidarity between people. This is done to desolve nation states and establish unelected One World Government. This is done to manipulate and control the masses. Welcome to the New World Order.
BTW, as all prices on all products and services in the West are rapidly increasing, one service is actually becoming less expensive: divorce. I wonder why?
- mrgenieUnfortunately, you're right on this one13:52, 26/05/2013I have no problem with peoples lifestyles. Everyone should be free. But not every lifestyles has to go public. My lifestyle might be walking naked, my lifestyle might be not brushing my teeth. But in public, there are some things to consider, most of all of the children and of course not insult, emberras, or otherwise disturb other people. I have as few problems with gays as with heteros, but heteros don't go public showing their naked asses, showing their hot and horny sexual desires. I expect gays to do the same and adept to society, and thus stop this crazy thing called "gay parade"
what comes next? Group sex parade? Incest parade? I mean, in public there are rules, they are there to make sure we can all live peaceful. Gays at this moment don't live by these rules, they consider themself "Uebermenschen" and make their own rules. We had such people 70 years ago in Europe, they also thought to make their own rules.
This should stop! People should stop making their own rules! People should accept there is a common accepted standard on the living, and live by these rules. When in 100 years the majority turns gay, they can vote and win the election and set new rules. But, it won't work, because then they will extinc and this flaw of nature will eradicate itself.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
The President talked about sincerity as a fundamental value that can effectively counter the harsh information war waged against Russia by Ukraine on behalf of the US, and, to a lesser extent, the EU. Russia has moderated its response, helping Ukraine and the US to shine, as the saying goes, in all their beauty and ugliness.