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Pro-LGBT Rally in Moscow Attacked by Fascists

Pro-LGBT Rally in Moscow Attacked by Fascists

 

A protest rally held in Moscow by a group of activists representing the LGBT, women’s, anti-fascist and left-wing movements ended in a violent confrontation with neo-Nazi groups on Saturday, October 1.

According to Margaret, a member of the Raduga Association (Moscow), and a participant in the rally the goal of the event was to protest against chauvinistic populism as the trend of the current election campaign involving stigmatization and appeals for discrimination of the more vulnerable segments of the society.

There is a draft bill restricting women’s right to abortion in Russia’s parliament and ‘gay propaganda’ is now illegal in two regions.

The protest was sanctioned by the Moscow government. Fascist groups had widely announced their intention to gather at the same place and “bathe in blood” the perceived “enemies of the Russian people.”

One organizer was immediately arrested by the police solely for carrying a (yet unfolded) poster saying “Say No to Discrimination on the Basis of Gender and Sexual Orientation.”

The fascist and Orthodox group, which included several elderly men and women holding Orthodox icons and images of Russia’s last emperor Nicholas, tried to pelt the protesters with tomatoes but police held them back.

One older counter-protester said:

“We wanted to see these demons, these beast in the flesh, for ourselves. It is because of them that God will punish the holy Russia and its people. They want to exterminate the holy nation of Russ.”

Younger fascists chanted calls to beat, torture and exterminate gays — incitement which met with little reaction on the part of the police.

The main slogans of the protesters were: “We stand for the freedom of choice!”, “Free and Safe Motherhood – Children that are Loved and Needed – Happy Families” and “If you say embryo is human, why are women not human for you?” But when gay rights was mentioned, police began grabbing people from the rally.

After it was finally decided to curtail the event ahead of scheduled time to prevent more protesters from being arrested, the activists had to be convoyed by the police to the metro station, surrounded by a raging crowd (see video). The police counteracted attempts by several able-bodied men to punch and kick young women, but several people later complained of bruises and minor injuries.

The main organizer of the repeatedly banned Moscow Pride, Nicolas Alexeyev, noted inaccurate reports of the rally as “First Gay Pride was authorized in Moscow.”

“To date, the only LGBT event allowed in Moscow which was applied took place last year in front of the office of Swiss Air Lines.”

This followed the bizarre and unexplained abduction of Alexeyev last year, which he claimed the airline abetted.

Alexeyev pointed out that reports of Russian authorities allowing gay events have been used before by Russia to claim they are not banned.

At the last appearance of Russia at the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Committee, Russia was asked why they kept banning LGBT public events.

“We do not ban them, there was a gay pride authorized in St. Petersberg,” answered the Russian delegation.

Except, says Alexeyev, that what the delegation was referring to as a gay pride event was instead a rainbow ‘flash mob’ which was not authorized because no one had asked for permission.

“At this time, no LGBT public action had ever been authorized,” he adds.

By contrast, Moscow authorities have allowed numerous ‘death to gays’ rallies.

Watch the video of the rally speakers (in Russian):

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9:16AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Grazie.

8:48AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Good for Russia ! no gays! remember History, the fall of ancient Greece and Roman Empire !

1:06AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Ron G do you not actually get it. Your God is your God but he doesn't exist to everyone. I personally don't have or need any make believe figure dreamed up by men as a way on controlling people. You talk as if we all have to let 'him' into our lives. Your God is a belief, you have no proof that 'he' exists. In fact given the dreadful state of world affairs even if he did exist, he's a pretty sick fella to have not intervened so far. LGBT people do not try and tell you to be gay to conform with their beliefs so why do you religious zealots try and justify your controlling stance and say you do not agree with the right to love whom you choose. God squadders like you are really nasty little homophobic fascists hiding under a cross. You have the right to peddle the worship of your mystical deity, give others the same respect to live their lives in freedom to worship equality, love and tolerance for all.

12:49AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Michael M whilst you 'generally' support LGBT rights you don't agree that people should rally etc. What does that actually mean? Do you think it's tolerable but can we sweep it under the carpet where no one can see please? I can't believe you come on here dictating what people should do in a country that is showing a growing homophobia. People rally and demonstrate to find solidarity, to show commonality and to give those who need it a voice. Suppressing the right to demonstrate is against everything democratic and is to be worried about. Small minded people like you who probably profess to be tolerant but prefer freedoms to be underground are almost as dangerous as those who are openly hostile.
I would also like to say Russia disgusts me with this tolerance of Homophobia and reading about the fascists punching women on rallies etc. Though from a country that allowed The Tsars, Lennin and Stalin to thrive, it comes as little surprise.

12:49AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Michael M whilst you 'generally' support LGBT rights you don't agree that people should rally etc. What does that actually mean? Do you think it's tolerable but can we sweep it under the carpet where no one can see please? I can't believe you come on here dictating what people should do in a country that is showing a growing homophobia. People rally and demonstrate to find solidarity, to show commonality and to give those who need it a voice. Suppressing the right to demonstrate is against everything democratic and is to be worried about. Small minded people like you who probably profess to be tolerant but prefer freedoms to be underground are almost as dangerous as those who are openly hostile.
I would also like to say Russia disgusts me with this tolerance of Homophobia and reading about the fascists punching women on rallies etc. Though from a country that allowed The Tsars, Lennin and Stalin to thrive, it comes as little surprise.

12:56PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Russia has always been an autocratic state, and zI suppose amybe always will be.There has never been any notion of democracy there.

4:26PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

The harder you try to suppress something, the louder the explosion. The LGBT community deserves the same respect as everyone else. It will happen despite those who try to repress it.

9:08AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Get real Michael.

Once gay people are no longer subject to discrimination and abuse, there will be no need for rallies and protests. I would expect ANY minority group who has to endue such things, and has some measure of societal support, to do the same thing.

10:01PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

While I generally support LGBT rights I don't support them holding all these rallies around the planet .They are a small minority but demand a huge voice. When the try to push their views they alienate a larger and larger percentage of the population. Just shut up and live you lives .

6:28PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Is it any surprise that it's neo-nazi's and fascists behind these anti-gay attacks.

Does America's right wing even realize that THEY are the one's who clearly hold the same ideals as nazi's and fascists. No, of course they don't realize it, but then are the first one's to try to point the finger at the left and call them such things.

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