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Moscow Pride Elude Police, Pride March Goes Ahead Undisturbed

Jim Burroway

May 29th, 2010

In defiance of yet another ban against holding a Gay Pride march by Moscow city authorities, and in yet another display of LGBT activists’ incredible organizing abilities, a march by LGBT advocates and allies took place this afternoon on Moscow’s main Leningradsky Avenue undisturbed. Pride organizer Nikolai Alexeyev pulled off this feat after luring hundreds of riot police and undercover officers to a different location:

“We want to show that the peaceful march of gays and lesbians in this city is possible,” Alexeyev told AFP after the protest. “You saw we didn’t disrupt any traffic, we didn’t disrupt any rights of other citizens.”

“Unfortunately we are obliged to do some kind of military operation to make sure that this event takes place.”

A single police car arrived ten minutes after the protest ended and no-one was arrested.

Organisers had changed the location at the last minute and bussed reporters on a twisting two-hour route to evade a heavy police presence in central Moscow.

In a diversion tactic, Alexeyev on Wednesday told journalists the protest would be held outside the European Commission’s office in central Moscow. Police and riot police gathered at the announced location, organisers said.

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Joe in California
May 29th, 2010 | LINK

I applaud their bravery for doing so in a homophobic state.

Was that the big riot the police and riot police wanted to squash??? Seems like a waste of their tax dollars(rubles) if you ask me!

May 30th, 2010 | LINK

I see that Andy Thayer from Chicago was there to support the demonstrators. Andy, you’re at about 1:12 in this video.

LGBT people and allies around the world salute our brave friends in Moscow, in other parts of Russia, and in other countries around the world where even these small, simple demonstrations are not allowed. The struggle for equality will be long, but we will win. Thank you for your actions today in Moscow.

Maurice Lacunza
May 30th, 2010 | LINK

I was struck by the small number of protesters in comparison to the millions of people that live in Moscow. It shows the bravery and guts of a small few of people that will set in motion a turnaround for many.

My salute and honor to these people in Moscow today.

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