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Thuggery at demonstration for Gay Pride parade in Moscow

“We are defending our rights. This is terrible but I am not scared. This is a pretty scary place, a pretty scary country if you are gay. But we won’t give up until they allow us our rights.”
— a young gay man named Alexey in an interview with Reuters. He was beaten up by a man screaming “homosexuals are perverts” opposite the mayor’s office in Moscow

Violence broke out as anti-gay forces pummeled gay activists attempting to deliver a letter to homophobic Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov requesting that Pride be held. Doug Ireland has the details (and photos).

For the second year in a row, an attempt to hold a Gay Pride demonstration in Moscow despite a ban by the city’s mayor — who had called such demonstrations “satanic” — was broken up today by police and special OMON riot militia. The gay contingent was violently attacked by anti-gay ultra-nationalists, who threw punches and bottles. Among the 20 reported arrested so far were German MP Volker Beck, chief Moscow Pride organizer Nicolai Alekseev, British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, and Italian MEP (Member of the European Parliament) Marco Cappato.

…Richard Fairbrass… the openly gay lead singer of the British pop group Right Said Fred (famous for their hit song “I’m Too Sexy…”), was punched in the face and kicked by anti-gay activists while speaking to Reuters in an interview.”We understand this is a gay event and so we came down here today,” Fairbrass told Reuters before being hit. Blood dripped from his face after the attack.

CNN:

“We believe these perverts should not be allowed to march on the streets of Moscow, the third Rome, a holy city for all Russians,” said Igor Miroshnichenko, who said he was an Orthodox believer who had come to support the riot police.

“It (homosexuality) is satanic,” he told Reuters. One man holding a crucifix threatened to beat-up any gay person he saw.

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