Moscow riot police violently break up gay pride rally

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    May 16, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
    "Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, has described homosexuality as "satanic".







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    From Guardian.co.uk


    Moscow police violently dispersed a gay pride rally today that was banned by city authorities, drawing attention to Russia's record on gay rights as it prepares to host the Eurovision song contest.

    About 30 activists gathered near a university in south-western Moscow to protest discrimination against gays and lesbians in Russia.

    The group, which included British gay rights advocate Peter Tatchell, waved flags and chanted slogans, including: "Homophobia is a disgrace of this country!" and "We are demanding equal rights!"

    After about a minute, riot police charged into the group and began to grab protesters, dragging them to waiting buses. Tatchell was talking with reporters when police started to haul him away. "This shows the Russian people are not free," he said.

    Russian gay rights movement leader Nikolai Alexeyev was among those detained. After the demonstration, riot police detained other gay activists who appeared after the protest and were speaking with the media. As they hauled away Ksenia Prilebskaya, police ripped off her shirt and bra and roughly pushed her into a police bus.

    City authorities had decided to ban the rally on the grounds that they believed it to be morally wrong. Moscow's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, has described homosexuality as "satanic".

    The detentions come as Moscow prepares to host the final of the Eurovision song contest. Some entrants have used the international competition to draw attention to gay rights in Russia, threatening to boycott the event if the gay pride parade was not allowed to happen.

    At an earlier rally close to the centre of Moscow, about 50 demonstrators from nationalist and Orthodox Christian organisations denounced homosexuality. One man was detained when he accused officials in the Kremlin of being gay.
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    May 16, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    Moscow's mayor obviously has a very primitive mind thinking that homosexuality is satanic. This unprovoked, violent response by that city's police is valid proof that Russia is still an oppressive dictatorship that is disguised as a more democratic country that allows private ownership. This is a terrible disgrace. icon_mad.gif
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    May 16, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidMoscow's mayor obviously has a very primitive mind thinking that homosexuality is satanic. This unprovoked, violent response by that city's police is valid proof that Russia is still an oppressive dictatorship that is disguised as a more democratic country that allows private ownership. This is a terrible disgrace. icon_mad.gif

    It's also a warning of what Republicans and Christian fundamentalists intend for us gays here in the US. Never doubt this is what they would do if they could; read their writings, listen to their speeches. We are the evil and immoral anti-Christs, and they are sworn to destroy us, in just this way.

    This is why we must never become complacent, never let our guard down for an instant. Never be lulled into thinking we've attained our goals, gotten enough, been guaranteed anything. The moment we let down our guard it will all be gone in a flash, and we will be just like these gays in Moscow.

    Know that the Republicans and Christian fundamentalists frame things in terms of "pity" for us and "sympathy" for our sinful ways. They claim to love us in the sense that Christ loves the sinner, but we are still sinners to them, who must be reformed, and if not, then punished.

    Moscow shows us the Republican vision for our gay future.
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    May 16, 2009 8:32 PM GMT
    this is how gay pride has happened in moscow every year since 2005 or 2006. kudos to the peeps who keep trying!
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    May 16, 2009 8:45 PM GMT
    This is the same country that still had serfs 150 years ago.

    Time moves very slowly in Russia. Gay rights is decades behind Europe, but then, Russia is not a European country. In a country where reports get gunned down in daylight and their murders are never caught, political dissidents are imprisoned on fake charges, and you need to check your tea for polonium it takes a tremendous amount of courage to do this.
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    May 17, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    Russia is still a backwards country -- what else can one say