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Moscow Gay Pride Banned by Mayor’s Office for Fifth Consecutive Year
 Organisers set to appeal decision in the Tver District Court

 
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MOSCOW, May 20, 2010 (GayRussia)    Not unexpectedly, the homophobic Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the march planned in Russian capital as part of Moscow Pride on May 29.

It is the fifth successive year that the Mayor, who infamously described Gay Pride parades a “satanic happenings”, has invoked a ban.

“As soon as we receive the authorities’ refusal in writing, we will appeal it in the Tver District Court,” chief organiser Nikolai Alekseev said this afternoon.

In accordance with Russian law, application for the parade was made to the Mayor’s office on May 17, giving the proposed route.  Plans were that the parade would end in Lubyanka Square

But Mr. Alekseev said that City Hall had not offered any alternate route for the march, which is contrary to the requirements of current legislation.

The Prefecture of the Central Administrative District had no immediate reaction.

"We are ready to take all bans to the European Court of Human Rights, which this year is due to rule on the complaints lodged over the bans on the first three Moscow Gay Prides – in 2006, 2007, 2008,”. Mr. Alekseev said.

In previous years, the bans have been ignored and some form of protest has taken place, only to be met by violence and arrests by police and OMON ‘riot police’. 

 

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Posted: 20 May 2010 at 14:00 (UK time)

   
             
       

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