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LGBT Protesters Detained in St Petersburg

Posted 380 days ago | 05.08.18

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LGBT Protesters Detained in St Petersburg

At least 25 LGBT rights activists have been detained during a protest in St Petersburg to promote the rights of sexual minorities. Despite a ban on such protests about sixty activists gathered in St Petersburg City Centre.

Standing alone, so as to obey the rule about gatherings, they held up placards and rainbow-coloured flags, and called for LGBT rights to be protected.

In 2013, Russia legislation was passed that banned the spreading of what it described as gay propaganda.

Organisers of Saturday's rally said that each demonstrator had protested alone, to avoid the rally being classified as a gathering.

There were no clashes between Russian police and the activists, but those holding up protest materials were pulled into a police van against their will.

Co-organiser Aleksei Nazarov told news agencies that police had targeted demonstrators who were carrying the most colourful flags and wearing bright clothes. Demonstrators said they were there to 

show solidarity with the community.

In the mass media the topic is silenced. Though gay people exist they have no voice. Mikhail said that they were fighting to be heard. While this does not happen it would be easy for outsiders to assume that there are no LGBT people in Russia. This is patently untrue.

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