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Gay Rights Activists Arrested in Moscow

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(MOSCOW) — Russian police arrested LGBT rights activists at a demonstration in Moscow on Saturday.

Activists participating in a small parade promoting gay rights were met by counter-demonstrators and police outside the mayor’s office, according to the Associated Press. The counter-demonstrators were reportedly chanting homophobic slurs and throwing eggs at the activists. Russian police also arrested about a dozen activists.

Nikolai Alexeyev, an activist at the event, tweeted, “The most brutal arrest at Moscow Pride ever! Probably broke my finger….”

He later tweeted, “I am arrested until court on Monday with the accusation of illegal protest and disobedience of police orders! Two more activists with me!”

The activists reportedly did not have permission from Moscow officials to hold the parade. Anti-gay hostility continues to be an issue for Moscow and Russia as well.

 

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