quote: MOSCOW, Russia -- Police and nationalist protesters forcefully prevented Russian and foreign gay and lesbian rights activists from rallying in Moscow, where they had hoped to put on a display of gay pride despite the city government's vehement refusal to grant permission for a parade. [...]
Activists had urged gay rights supporters to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, just outside the Kremlin wall, and then to gather in a square opposite Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's office.
Personally, when I saw this on the news this morning I felt a great deal of admiration for these peaceful activists, who are protesting for their rights at great personal risk.
The city mayor of Moscow said that the values of the activists (because you know, all gay people all share the same values by virtue of their sexual orientation) are not acceptable values for Moscow, though he also suggested that the ban was to protect the activists from hostile members of the community (like himself perhaps?)
Personally, I don't buy that he was interested in protecting the activists at all, but the action has been criticised by some members of the gay community for similar reasons:
quote: The issue has split Moscow's gay community, many of whom say that Russian society is still too conservative and that a parade would only provoke more violence from skinheads and radical groups.
So, what do you think?
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This was huge news over here because a politician from the German green party, Volker Beck, was participating in the rally and ended up getting beaten by the police. They threw stones at him and punched him in the face. Then he was arrested for several hours. I find that absolutely outrageous.
Okay, so the rally had been forbidden and they went ahead anyway, but itsn't still the job of the government to protect its citizens, even the homosexual ones, when they are being attacked by memebers of right wing parties and Christian orthodox nuts? As opposed to the police participating in the mayhem and concentrating more on arresting the homosexuals than the people throwing things at them?This is so insane.
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