Saturday, May 16, 2009
Russian Police Crush Gay Rights Event
Russian police have broken up a gay pride march in the country's capital.
The march was held on the date of the final of the Eurovision song contest, with marchers complaining about discrimination against the county's gay and lesbian community.
British gay rights advocate Peter Tatchell was one of those arrested by the police. Speaking to reporters upon his arrest, Mr Tatchell said: "This shows the Russian people are not free."
Another leader of Russia's gay rights movement Nikolai Alexeyev was also among those detained.
Moscow's mayor Yuri Luzhkov has previously described gay rallies as "satanic" and claimed that they had a destructive impact on the country's society.