TATCHELL PUNCHED IN MOSCOW
This is a "record" of the dispatches received by UK
Gay News from many sources. Times are in BST (British Summer Time),
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MONDAY MAY 28, 2007
13:47: Nikolai Alekseev Has Been Released
SMS message from Nikolai reads: "I am released by court!
Next hearing on 9 June. Volker Beck was brilliant witness/ MP Mitrofanov
provided me a brilliant theatrical lawyer. He was also in court. He
helped to lobby authorities in our direction. That was a great
combination together with Western European pressure. Thanks to the
German Presidency of the EU."
13:36: Just spoken with Peter Tatchell, who says he is "bruised but
fine". Nikolai Alekseev is still at the court - other than that, no
more is known. Mr. Tatchell thanks everyone for their support for LGBT
rights and Moscow Gay Pride.
13:15: London Mayor, Ken Livingstone,
Moscow Mayor condemning the events of yesterday and calling for the
lifting of ban on Gay Prides.
12:14: The mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, has said: "What
happened in Moscow, leaves you speechless. To use - or even tolerate -
violence against those who are demonstrating in a peaceful manner for the
recognition of their human and civil rights is a sad sign."
11:00: Nothing yet from the courthouse ... Today's Rossiiskaya Gazeta
said that there was little support for homosexuals following yesterday "Gay
Pride". It reported: "A small group of Russians and European
politicians defied a government ban in an attempt to hold a protest for
homosexual rights in Moscow on Sunday, though police and counter protesters
overwhelmed them. Police prevented "the unsanctioned expression of
tolerance" detaining over 20 people. Police also tried to isolate the
demonstrators from angry Muscovites, though many were beaten." The
paper reported that government officials, leaders from all religious
denominations in Russia and many members of the "civic chamber" condemned
the gay rights demonstration.
10:00: Still no news of the start of the court case. Scott Long
with Moscow Helsinki Group, Boris
Dittrich (also from Human Rights Watch)
and Max Anmegechean are with Nikolai Alekseev at the court.
08:50: Nikoli Alekseev has just telephoned UK Gay News.
He is at the court and is waiting for the case to be heard. "There is
some delay," he said. Mr. Alekseev said that he was fine. He
said that if found guilty he could be fined or given a jail sentence of up
to 15 days.
08:00: Scott Long of Human Rights Watch is now at the court where
Alekseev, Khramov, and Konstantinev are scheduled to appear now. But
he says there appears to be some delay as the as the court has not yet
received the dossier.
07.55: Russian Wire services are reporting that "an opponent of an
unauthorized gay parade ... " has beaten up a British citizen and he has
been charged. "A young man detained by police officers near the
building of the Moscow City Hall is accused of inflicting bodily injuries
(Article 116 of the Russian Criminal Code)," a source in Moscow law
enforcement agencies told
Interfax. The only known British persons injured yesterday were Peter
Tatchell and Richard Fairbrass of the pop group Right said Fred.
Neither were named in any of the reports.
MAY 27, 2007
MOSCOW, May 27, 2007 –
There was trouble in Moscow today when participants at Gay Pride,, led by a
number of European politicians, tried to deliver a letter of protest to
Mayor Yuri Luzhkov at City Hall. Violence flared as they faced groups
of neo-Facist thugs, religious groups, aggressive police and the OMON.
20:00: 11pm in Moscow. There will
be no further updates today. Things appear to be quiet in the city -
though there is concern for those who are detained overninght.
19:30: From Scott Long of Human Rights
Watch: "Alexey Kozlov has been absolutely heroic today, ...spend hours
trying to get food to - and information from - detainees in Presensenskaya
police station. Another thing to note is how blatantly some of the
extremists appeared to be cooperating with police this time. I was fingered
[American for "pointed out to the police"] by one of the extremists directly
to an OMON officer. Straight to the OMON bus."
18:12: In Rome, around 50 people gathered
outside the Russian Embassy to protest the violence against gay today in
Moscow, the lack of basic human rights in Russia and the arrest of MEP Marco Capatto.
17:20: And what about the attendance of
the pop group tATu outside City Hall? The gutsy girls DID turn up to
support the gays as they tried to hand-in the letter to the Moscow Mayor,
But they were even threatened and had eggs thrown at them as they walked a
few metres from their car. Others being arrested, they returned to
their car and were whisked away to the safety of a nearby restaurant/bar.
France 24 has online
video report from Moscow (in English)
16:43: "Someone protect me, someone protect me," pleads Peter Tatchell
following the attack on him -
Sky News video
16:15: None of the gay rights opponents were seen being taken away by
police and demonstrators who were not detained complained that police
ignored the violence,
The Australian is reporting in its Monday edition.
Note: the person who attacked Peter Tatchell was led away by police/OMON.
It is not known if he was arrested.
15:05: BBC has
video report online of the assault on Peter Tatchell.
15:00: Nikolai Alekseev
the world from inside Tverskoya police station.
14:35: From Reuters report: "It is very
conspicuous when people are arrested in front of the mayor's office when
they were doing nothing other than trying to present a peaceful petition,"
said Scott Long, a rights activist with Human Rights Watch who observed the
events. "There was no real attempt to separate the two sides and that led to
people being beaten up," he said. "I would call on the Russian authorities
to protect freedom of assembly, protect freedom of expression and protect
14:21: From Scott Long of Human Rights Watch: "According
to Green Alternative, 11 activists still held at Presnenskoye police
station. Going there now. Nationalists still inn front of
Tverskoya police station and ranging up and down Dimitrovka looking for
13:43: From Scott Long of Human Rights Watch:
"An immediate fear is that if any of the extremists are held overnight they
might be placed in the same cell with Nikolai Alekseev and the two radical
party members. 10-15 extremists remain outside the Tverskoya police station
and just pelted some of us with eggs. MEP Marco Caputto has been
released. The rightist Duma member Mitrofanov finally showed up
13:39: Nikolai Alekseev has been informed by the
police that he will NOT be released. Same for Nikolai Khramov, the leader
of the Russian radicals. Both will appear in court tomorrow and could be
sentenced to up to 15 days in jail - GayRussia.ru
13:30: ORF (Austrian television) has footage
ARRESTED AT MOSCOW GAY PRIDE
■ Arrested: Marco Capatto (left), Italian Member of the
European Parliament; Volker Beck (centre) , Member of the German
Bundestag: and Nikolai Alekseev, one of the organisers of Moscow Pride
and the group's spokesperson. The politicians have now been
released, but Mr.
Alekseev is expected to be held
over night and will appear in court on Monday.
13:22: From Scott Long of Human Rights Watch: "At Tverskoya
police station. Told by police that Nikolai [Alekseev] and two others
are to be charged formally and will stay overnight, to be taken to court
tomorrow. Trying to get lawyers. According to Green Alternative
and Max Anmegechean, Peter was injured in the eye and is in the station
trying to make a report but was not arrested, rather was placed in the
van after hurt. Have to call lawyers now..."
13:18: Moscow Arrests: More names are coming though. Kurt
Krickler, representing HOSI Wien at Moscow Pride reports that he saw Maim
Anmeghichean of the Brussels-based NGO ILGA-Europe and Ottavio Marzocchi, a
political researcher for the Liberal and Democratic group in the European
Parliament both arrested and taken away to the police bus.
12:28: BBC News 24 reports that Peter Tatchell has been arrested and is
showing film of his arrest in their
"headline news". Footage shows Mr. Tatchell was arrested by
the OMON and not the police.
BBC written report
12:20: Unconfirmed report from some news agencies say that Peter
Tatchell has been arrested.
Associated Press is reporting: "Marco Capatto, a European
Parliament deputy from Italy, was kicked by a gay rights opponent as he
spoke to journalists; Capatto began shouting "Where are the police?" and
officers hauled him away as he struggled with them."
11:04: GayRussia.ru staffer reports that most of the team members of
the Pride Committee have been arrested. 15 of them tried to unveil a banner
near the statue in front of the city hall. This is at the same place than a
year ago, gays and lesbians, gathered at 3pm. Confirmed that Peter
Tatchell had been hit in the eye, but no details of his injuries.
10:56: GayRussia.ru staffer reports that German MP Volker Beck has been
released by police and is back at his hotel giving interview to German
TV. French Consul, accompanied by a Secretary from the French Embassy
have been to the scene as they prepare a report. They say that no
French nationals taking part in Pride have requested Consular assistance.
10:48: From Scott Long of Human Rights Watch: "Still at Tverskoye police station. 11 more Russians believed to be under arrest, on
buses, waiting to be taken to stations for processing. All these reports
not yet confirmed. Marco Cappato [Italian MEP] reportedly also held in OMON
bus on Tverskaya. Marco just delivered to Tverskoye station. Volker Beck
10:39: From Scott Long of Human Rights Watch: "Nikolai Alexeev,
Sergei Konstinev, and Nikolai Khramov all being held at Tverskoye station on
Dimitrovka. We saw Nikolai and Sergei through a doorway and they
looked unharmed to the outer eye. No word yet on where Volker Beck is.
Nikolai and the other two should be free in three hours."
10:31: MEP Sophie In't Veld: "It was short. The real
violence started after we left. We got there and then we went up to
the city hall. Police immediately arrested Nikolai (Alekseev), and also
Nikolai Khramov, so there were a lot of cameras everywhere. Many
journalists. We felt eggs and other things being thrown. Police did nothing
to arrest hooligans. We walked 40 meters and there were interviews
and journalists. I was walking not far from Mitrofanov and saw a guy
with a knife. And then when I saw that I thought: 'That’s it I am out
of here'. The rest I heard is that Marco (Cappato, the other MEP) has been
arrested. We’re in some restaurant with Vladimir, tATu and Mitrofanov. From
what I heard there was a real fight after we left but I don’t know. I really
don’t know. Last year was massive. This time the square was emptied in
advance. They had put fences around and a lot of journalists were waiting
there. The police arrested our people but not any of the hooligans."
10:25: First hand report from Italian MP Vladimir Luxuria: "When we
went out of the hotel. The police was already here to check our
documents and to make pressure. Then, we met Alexey Mitrofanov and
went to his car and as soon as we got out of the car the police approached
us and stopped in a violent way Nikolai and pushed him inside the van . They
arrested him and other organizers. I tried to take Nikolai with me and
the police pushed me very violently. They throw eggs on me and one went
inside my bag on my passport. I am worried I can have problems to leave.
Then we tried to approach the city hall but we’ve been violently prevented.
I saw some old woman with bags of stones and eggs. We are now in a safe
place with tATu and Sohie. Marco Capato has been detained as well.
10:13: Italian MEP Marco Cappato has been arrested, fellow MEP Sophie
In't Veld has said.
10:09: Alekseev confirms in a brief telephone interview that he has
been arrested as is in
Tverskoya police station. Other
Gay Pride organisers have also been arrested. Volker Beck has been seen in
under detention in police bus close to City Hall.
09:55: German MP Volker Beck reported arrested by police outside City Hall
at Gay Pride. Also arrested is Nikolai Alekseev, the Pride organiser.
Posted: 27 May 2007
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