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Police Consider Protest against Government Homophobia to be Propaganda

posted 8 Apr 2012, 11:19 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Apr 2012, 11:22 ]
7 April 2012

On 7th of April at 12.00 in front of the Oktyabrsky concert hall a series of single person pickets  were carried out. The pickets were dedicated to the Day of Silence. 7 people with sealed mouths took their turns protesting against discrimination and violence against LGBT, against homophobia of the government which silenced and outlawed LGBT community. Two protesters were arrested for “propaganda of sodomy and lesbianism”. Vague wording of the law made police think over and discuss each slogan deciding whether it were a violation of the law or not.  Finally they decided that only slogans of Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT network: “No to silencing of the hate crimes against gays and lesbians” and Sergey Kondrashov, lawyer:  “The friend of our family is a lesbian. My wife and I love and respect her, her way of life as normal as ours, and her family is socially equal to ours”.  Some days ago Sergey Kondrashov wrote an open letter in the name of heterosexual majority to deputy Milonov which was signed by more than 1600 people. Both men arrested are now in the 76 police department of Saint Petersburg. [Read more]