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Arrests in Moscow as parade attempted

Sun 29 May 2011 In: International News

AFP - Alexander_Nemenov More than 30 people have been arrested in central Moscow during the sixth attempt to hold a pride parade in the city. Gay Russia says far right groups clashed with those who were gathered in front of the Kremlin wall and city hall. Moscow police arrested 18 of those trying to hold a parade and 14 anti-gay activists. Three prominent gay rights activists, Americans Dan Choi and Andy Thayer, and France's Louis-George Tin, were among those detained. The group had earlier been banned by city officials from gathering publicly for a parade. "We have been asking for the last six years to gather. We are being deprived of a very simple right that is taken for granted in democratic countries," Nikolai Alexeyev, Head of Gay Russia, chief organiser of the Moscow Gay Pride Parade told CNN. Alexeyev said as soon as activists took out their banners and flags, dozens of members of an ultra-Orthodox group attacked the activists.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 29th May 2011 - 9:19pm

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