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Moscow mayor again vows to block 'Satanic' parade

Tue 26 Jan 2010 In: International News View at Wayback

Once again, Moscow's mayor Yuri Luzhkov has described plans for an LGBT parade through the city as 'Satanic' and promises to use the full force of the law to block it. Moscow Pride: Last year's parade was marred by arrests But he's got a fight on his hands as the city's Slavic Pride organisers say they'll go ahead anyway on Saturday 29 May. "For years, Moscow has faced unprecedented pressure to hold a gay parade, which can only be described as a satanic act," Luzhkov is quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. "We did not allow such a parade then and we will not allow one in the future," he said. "It's no time to mess around with talk of human rights. Rather we should crack down with all the power and justice of the law." Around twenty gay Slavic Pride marchers were arrested by 'violent and oppressive' riot police last May. UK gay equality activist Peter Tatchell was among those detained, in front of a crowd of international journalists there for the Eurovision music contest final. In the video below: A Russia TV News report on arrests at last year's Pride parade.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 26th January 2010 - 11:14am

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