30 LGBT Rights Activists, Opponents Arrested in Moscow
May 28, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
On Saturday, Moscow police arrested about 30 LGBT activists and opponents at a Pride rally outside the State Duma.
The event was set to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the country, as well as to denounce legislation making events and the dissemination of information about the LGBT community to minors a finable offense.
According to multiple reports, Orthodox Christian "vigilantes" carrying icons and crosses attacked several of the activists.
Prior to Saturday, Moscow authorities denied permission for the rally, claiming it would interfere with students celebrating the end of term, according to The Guardian.
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