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Anti-Gay Protest Goes Ahead in Krasnodar Despite Ban

 

 

Only 30 Turn Up

KRASNODAR, October 15  –  Anti-gay protestors defied a ban imposed by the Krasnodarski region authorities and rallied as promised in Krasnodar today.
 

 




 

 

 

   

 

 

Earlier in the week, organisers of the “patriots-homophobes” demonstration had predicted that 500 would turn up to protest the staging of a Gay Pride in Moscow, some 1,500 kilometres away.

But on the day, just 30 followers of the Euroasian Youth Union, the National Bolshevist Party and other nationalistic parties turned out.

Authorities had banned the protest on a technicality – one of the groups had been wound-up on orders of a court.

A short speech to the demonstrators was made by Albert Gamayan, head of the committee “Presumption”.  But police stepped in and prevented the coordinator of the local branch of Euroasian Youth Union, Artem Besedin, from addressing the small rally.

During the demonstration, several papers with homophobic insults were distributed, some participants waved insulting placards.

Nikolai Alekseev, head of the project GayRussia.Ru and one of the organizers of Moscow International gay festival was in Krasnodar to monitor the protest.

A full exclusive report, with photographs, will be published tomorrow (Sunday) on www.gayrussia.ru in Russian.  An English language translation will appear here during the course of the day.

 

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Posted: 15 October 2005 at 23:00 (UK time)

 

 

 

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