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Kiev Pride Canceled, Two Beaten

Jim Burroway

May 21st, 2012

From the Daily Beast:

Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay Forum of Ukraine, is beaten as he met with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay-pride parade was cancelled. (Anatolii Stepanov, Reuters/Landov)

Amnesty International has the details:

Police advised pride organizers to abandon the march just 30 minutes before it was due to start. They claimed 500 ultra-right football hooligans were en route to the rally point with the intention of preventing the march from going ahead.

Two activists were beaten up and tear gassed by a dozen youths in central Kyiv after those already gathered for the march were evacuated with police escort.

Amnesty International also reports that Ukraine’s parliament is considering a bill similar to one passed recently in St. Petersburg, Russia, which would ban the publication, broadcast, or distribution of messages deemed to “promote homosexuality.”

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Joel
May 21st, 2012 | LINK

Hmmm… i don’t know what to think with this. :( It breaks my heart when i see their youth be so violent towards their own youth. They most surely see something extremely wrong with gay people even expressing themselves. Wish this had an answer which could be directly addressed. For all those who can fight for and/or have achieved equality this should spark an intense reflection of any other thing one might be treating the same. And be extremely open when doing so. For in their case, to achieve any sense of enlightenment on merely suggesting that gays have rights they need an extroardinary amount of openness. Are gay rights the last frontier or can there be any other that we are equally stunting?
Its quite clear these people are VERY far from achieving any progress in terms of gay rights for the time being.

F Young
May 21st, 2012 | LINK

Hmmm, 500 football hooligans …who probably just got drunk that day and had nothing better to do? You know how rowdy boys can get…

Or where they Orhodox religious protesters, like in Tbilisi, Georgia that same day:
http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2012/05/17/44634#comments

Or the neo-Nazis (or police cadets in civies?) bused in by police for last year’s Pride March in Moscow in June 2011?
http://www.petertatchell.net/international/russia/protest_against_moscow_pride_ban.htm

Or were they indeed football hooligans, like those that attacked the march in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2010 in a very well organized and violent assault that forced its cancellation in 2011?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15134182

I guess it doesn’t really matter. They’re all violent male fascists, systematically and ruthlessly enforcing the same de facto religion, Patriarchy, that requires very rigid and polarized gender roles.

Much like the well organized Nazi youths that ransacked Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin on May 6. 1933.

Is it starting all over again, only now in Eastern Europe, the Islamic world and Africa? So sad and alarming.

Like they say, those who ignore history…

But the thing is history never repeats itself exactly the same way. So, it’s only useful if you understand why and how these movements start, before it is too late…

To my mind, that’s the real job of Holocaust Museums. I hope they understand this, and are succeeding. Unfortunately, they seem to be flourishing where the soil is most fertile and they are least needed.

tristram
May 21st, 2012 | LINK

The photo is disturbing because of the violence it depicts. But the caption is somewhat disquieting as well. To all appearances, this is occurring in a back alley. Why would a gay activist and “members of the media” choose to meet in a back alley? And are the masked perpetrators “members of the media”?

Regan DuCasse
May 21st, 2012 | LINK

This still looks disturbingly like the way blacks were attacked for their civil rights activism.
Anyone that doesn’t think that cues around the world weren’t taken from that period, haven’t been paying attention. Anyone that doesn’t think this is the same legitimate issue of human and civil rights abuses on innocents, is lacking in moral character themselves.

Our gay and lesbian family across the globe, are marching PEACEFULLY. Are committing no acts of violence, and aren’t a terrorist organization.
Each and every response to violence perpetrated on them, has been through peaceful protest and/or due process of law.
That is hardly the form of civil disobedience that should strike terror or anger in normal people of conscious.

I read a book years ago called “Hitler’s Willing Executioners”, and it’s not a stretch of the imagination to see echoes of the sort of thinking that allowed the Nazi plan to take root.

Yes, there are echoes here of that plan in the way anti gay amendments have taken root.
There are echoes of the way gay kids are intimidated in schools, when schools were first racially integrated. Organized uptown Klan, so to speak, counted on street thugs to enforce the intimidation of blacks. All the while denying they condoned violence.
Cold comfort to the person with the broken bones, bruises and cuts.

Gay people in other parts of the world have the media on their side.
And their courage is so remarkable.
Instant global imaging makes it impossible for the reality of human rights abuses to be hidden.

This is unique in it’s effect in every part of the world, because gay people are every part of the world.

It’s not gay people who should be reviled as an embarrassment to a society’s civil order. It should be the violent sociopaths willing to do such casual harm on people who aren’t in attack mode at all.

Lee
May 27th, 2012 | LINK

many references here to persecution around the world, but reflecting on the words of Charles Worley from a North Carolina baptist church, we should be reminded that this kind of hatred can be stirred up anywhere, anytime. That picture could easily be of 4 men in North Carolina or Anywhere Else, USA. If the LGBT community and their allies don’t make a huge stink about Worley’s kind of hate speech, then we will continue to see this very same kind of hate in the world and in our own backyards.

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