Moscow gay pride protest marchers attacked


by Rumbold
31st May, 2011 at 10:17 am    

Peter Tatchell, who went to Moscow to protest against the government’s decision to ban the gay pride march, reports on the violence directed against him and others by both neo-Nazis and the police. A number of observers pointed out the collusion between the neo-Nazis and the police:

I went to City Hall to protest but was separated from our Moscow Gay Pride group. Neo-Nazis identified me for attack. Being alone and with the police refusing to protect us, I had to escape down alleyways to avoid a beating. I was not arrested.

By banning Moscow Gay Pride, Russia has defied a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it must be allowed to proceed. Some of us now plan to press the Council of Europe to suspend Russia’s right to vote in the Council’s parliamentary assembly. Russia must not be permitted to defy the European Court with impunity.

The two non-white protestors at the march were both arrested and put in solitary confinement, before eventually being released. Russia has long seem homophobic attacks and official harassment of LGBT activists and individuals.


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  1. Trampolene — on 1st June, 2011 at 8:33 pm  

    Any chance of PP reporting on some homophobia a few thousand miles closer to home? Today a youth was convicted of putting up ‘Gay Free Zone’ posters in Tower Hamlets.

    He got a mere £100 fine, but then I suppose it was a trivial offence. I mean it must have been trivial or liberals and progressive papers and blogs would have covered the story at least some of the time since it broke a couple of months back. Instead we have almost total silence from PP, Liberal Conspiracy, Socialist Unity, the Guardian and Independent. The Telegraph, BBC and Pink News are the only outlets to have covered it.

    Oh but you’ve done an article on homophobia in Russia, haven’t you. That’s very kind. We’ll go to the back of the bus now, you’ve demonstrated your ‘commitment’ to opposing homophobia. Give yourself a big progressive pat on the back and we’ll completely forget your wilful blindness about stories like Tower Hamlets and the homophobic hatred preached at East London Mosque.

  2. Trofim — on 2nd June, 2011 at 6:31 pm  

    It’s astonishing that people expect centuries-old social attitudes to change overnight.
    How’s the Karachi Gay Pride march doing, by the way?

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