From Russia with hate. First to Moscow, where the gay pride parade has been beset by violence and arrests:
Saturday’s protest was one of the few gay rights events sanctioned by authorities. In recent years, several attempts to hold gay pride marches in Moscow and other Russian cities have been blocked by police, Russian Orthodox Church activists and soccer fans.
(Europe’s football hooligans have become the vanguard of neo-Nazi violence in Europe. How to explain this weird phenomenon?)
Moscow police spokesman Anatoly Lastovetsky said 40 people were detained Saturday.
He told The Associated Press that police were "finding out whether (the detained) were part of the rally or the people who tried to thwart it."
During the rally, several men were seen trying to pelt the protesters with tomatoes and unfurling posters with pejorative remarks about homosexuality.
At least Moscow held a gay pride rally at all. Over in the Russian province of Arkhangelsk, authorities have banned all demonstrations by gay people. The repression is "warmly supported" by the Russian Orthodox Church:
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