Belarus bans gay pride, police beat defiant marchers
City authorities in Minsk, Belarus, banned the May 15 gay pride parade and when a group of 40 people marched anyway, police attacked "like a group of wild dogs" and beat them.
In blocking the march, officials cited a national law that prohibits public events within 200 meters of subway stations and pedestrian tunnels. Slavic Gay Pride co-organizer Nikolai Alekseev called the ban "absurd," pointing out that "there have been many marches and parades in the past using
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