Dozens arrested and beaten
May 27th, 2007
Violence broke out for the second year in the row as Russian nationalists and Orthodox extremists attacked about 100 gay rights activists and supporters. Russian Gay Pride organizers had gathered in front of the offices of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov to deliver a letter, signed by more than 50 members of the European Parliament, appealing the city’s ban on a Gay Pride march. Luzhkov had earlier banned Pride events, calling gays “satanic.”
The protest started peacefully, but quickly degenerated into violence when police swooped in and grabbed about a dozen marchers and hustled them onto waiting buses as thugs began pelting the crowd with eggs and fists.
Nicolas Alexeyev, the organizer of Moscow Pride, is still being held by police. As many as 31 marchers were detained, including UK activist Peter Tatchell, German member of Parliament Volker Beck, and Italian members of the European Parliament Marco Cappato and Ottavio Marzocc. UK Gay News has a running account of events earlier today. It’s a chilling glimpse into what life can be like for gays and lesbians living in Putin’s Russia today.
Nicolas Alexeyev has released the following statement:
We ask the western democracies to put a maximum pressure on the Russian authorities to release us immediately.
“The protocol written by the police is completely falsified and all the Western MEPs and MPs who were with us could confirm it.
“We are accused of having blocked the streets and insulted the police which is a complete lie. We were on the pavement and we never insulted the police. This has never been our methods.
“All this is nothing else that the good old method of KGB. We can see that agents of FSB are at the police station (ex KGB). The same people who were this morning at the hotel trying to prevent us to leave.”
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