Russian Police Protect Some LGBT Activists, Harass Others

Published: May 21, 2014

Police in Russia harassed or arrested several LGBT rights activists in connection with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, the Russian LGBT Network reported.

But most of the IDAHOT events in 16 Russian cities occurred without disruption.

Many of the celebrations were organized as “Rainbow flashmobs” without a public announcement of timing or location in order to reduce the likelihood of attacks by homophobic opponents. More than 150 people took part in the flashmob in St. Petersburg.

Queer Russia estimated that about 200 people gathered for the St. Peterburg event, carrying signs about peace, love, diversity and tolerance.  For protection, they were surrounded by around 200 armored policemen.

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