Gay Activists Detained In St Petersburg
Author: Ninette Murk
Sunday 5th of August 2018 01:49:52 PM

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Russian police detained around 25 gay rights activists who took part in an unsanctioned rally in St Petersburg on Saturday, according to A few dozen activists gathered at Palace Square on Saturday afternoon, defying a ban to hold the rall

Organisers had said they would stage one-man protests to demand freedom of association after city authorities turned down their request to hold a parade.

Police detained campaigners who unfurled rainbow flags or held placards, dragging them into a police bus. There were no clashes between police and the activists.

Russia passed a law in 2013 banning the spreading of gay “propaganda”.

Last month, Russian police briefly detained British LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell after he protested near the Kremlin in support of gay rights.
Pride Month is important and celebrations are usually upbeat and fun, but events like these show that there's still a lot of work to be done. Let's get together to do this- love is love is love.



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