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LGBT, the glass half-full


Last Saturday at least 20 LGBT activists were arrested by police in St. Petersburg. It’s only the last episode of the rising intolerance in Russia against gay and lesbians. The rally in defense of the LGBT community's rights was planned in central St. Petersburg but marchers were stopped on the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole), before they could reach the venue of the planned demonstration, by about 20 radicals and orthodox protesters. Led by a priest, while reading prayers and singing traditional religious songs, they threw coins at the demonstrators, guilty of having unfolded rainbow flags and banners saying “Stop Homophobia in Russia”.

Last Saturday at least 20 LGBT activists were arrested by police in St. Petersburg. It’s only the last episode of the rising intolerance in Russia against gay and lesbians. The rally in defense of the LGBT community’s rights was planned in central St. Petersburg but marchers were stopped on the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole), before they could reach the venue of the planned demonstration, by about 20 radicals and orthodox protesters. Led by a priest, while reading prayers and singing traditional religious songs, they threw coins at the demonstrators, guilty of having unfolded rainbow flags and banners saying “Stop Homophobia in Russia”.

 

A homophobic country

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