30+ held for Moscow gay protest

2011-05-28 16:04
Moscow - Moscow police have arrested more than 30 people in twin attempts by activists to hold unauthorised gay rights demonstrations in the capital.

Opponents of gay rights scuffled with the demonstrators and with police in the Saturday protests.

A police spokesperson, Maxim Kolosvetov, told Russian news agencies that 18 gay activists and 14 opponents were arrested.

Moscow authorities routinely ban gay rights demonstrations.

Although homosexuality was decriminalised in post-Soviet Russia, anti-gay sentiment is high and authorities justify the bans on the grounds of trying to prevent fights.

Activists tried to hold a demonstration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin and later outside the mayor's office.
 

- SAPA
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