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.

  • CTScientist - 2011-05-28 16:28

    So you can't have a gay rights demonstration or march just because people might come along and try to beat you up? Yes - I see how that is a tenable solution to the problem. Or, alternatively, you could try to actually sort out the problem. At the root, as it were. Mind boggling that the private preferences of other individuals are even these people's concerns, let alone something that they would become physical about.

      yojimbo - 2011-05-28 18:18

      Police is actually protecting this fools from being abused or worse lynched by onlookers. They will get a minor public disorder fine and walk free the same day unharmed. This is the country with millennium of strong christian homophobic tradition. There at least a dozen of working Orthodox churches within a mile. They can tolerate and do tolerate gays as long as they keep their business private. There is a plenty of networking and private gay clubs etc. Key word is private. But it is certainly looked down and outright despised by general public. All demonstrations are permitted by constitution but must get a local authority permit on closure of streets, policing, doctors etc. This activists do not want low key easy to protect them public areas for the gatherings and insist on top spots for sake of cheap publicity. Council do not want a public unrest caused by miniscule minority and rather ban the show.If this arrogant people insist on demonstrating next to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier by Kremlin Wall it taken as an insult to the memory of millions dead. It is like to have a marsh of drunks through the Mecca or hookers through the Vatican. About sorting the problem at the root: you can take horse to the water, but you never can force horse to drink the water. Nobody earn love and appreciation by creating insults and enforcement.

  • Beam me up - 2011-05-28 16:29

    Oh, Please do not touch me! "____"_____"___"____" "____"_____"___" "____"_____" "____" "

  • gjfergusson - 2011-05-28 17:08

    @CTScientist - yes private preferences , hence been decriminalised , not marching in the street so everybody knows preferences

      x - 2011-05-28 17:40

      Oh please. This situation shows exactly why it is important to change people's attitude and be more tolerant. Pride marches commemerate the first time gay people stood up against police abuse - and across the world people are still being killed for simply being gay. Think for ONE moment what it must be like for someone to realise they are gay and the trauma that a person must go through before accepting themselves and realising they are who they are - specially in countries where gay people get murdered. And then have a cup of shut the F up.

      SaintBruce - 2011-05-28 17:59

      x - perhaps the concept of what is different and therefore feared needs new context where most folks don't parade for heterosexuality so why do gays have to have 'pride' (apt source) rallies? Your reason for the marches is irrelevant especially when the displays that are meant to offend are delivered as couched in a 'right' - what rubbish! To embrace a lascivious spirit in private is your own affair. To cast it into the public domain will get a response - sadly negative instead of understanding. I know the source of the gay 'pride' and it is a spirit not a genetic condition. Can you accept that and then choose to deal with it - should you want to?

      x - 2011-05-28 18:16

      Lascivious? Once again everything is being reduced to a sexual act again. LOL Never mind that, do heterosexual people get murdered and beaten up for being hetero by gay people (considering that a conservative estimate of 5% means that the gay population of the world is more than 6 times the population of SA and about the population of the entire USA). I don't think so. Irrespective of the origin of homosexuality, people are gay and there is nothing you or anyone can do about it. So you find it offensive. Too bad - some people are gay so get over it. Directly because of stonewall and pride, gay people have the protection of the law in many countries across the world today. Maybe it is OK for you to think gay people should be murdered and discrimianted against. I don't think that is OK.

      darkwing - 2011-05-28 18:17

      Saint Bruce, choose to be gay for a month, just for the experience. Can you?

      x - 2011-05-28 18:40

      Darkwing, as the father of a compassionate, happy and successful gay man, the only time I feel sad for my son is when I meet sanctimonious and self-righteous people like SaintBruce.

  • krebs101 - 2011-05-28 17:45

    well, the queers might acyually enjoy prison.. cunning plan!!

      FreemanEC - 2011-05-28 18:26


  • Sherlock Holmes - 2011-05-28 17:45

    Good stuff!

  • hafezhamza - 2011-05-29 09:07

    gay people dont deserve 2live.dey are worse than animals.i mean come on .even if u put 2male donkeys together they would not do such ridiculious things.even a donkey knows that opposites ATTRACT.GOD CREATED ADAM N EVE.NOT ADAM N STEVE.

      Mark Brophy - 2011-05-29 09:22

      If you want to be taken seriously, at least try and sound intelligent. My gay friends are certainly not prejudiced, full of hate, and are able to string a sentence together. When you are finished dragging your knuckles on the ground, go back to school, get a REAL education, and then shoot yourself for publicly embarrassing yourself and your family.

  • catter54 - 2011-05-29 10:32

    We will march until all LGBTQI people have their human rights, and their dignity respected. Corrective rape is still happening on our doorstep. Wwe will march until hate crimes stop!

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