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Blood Drawn in Major Clash at St. Petersburg, Russia Gay Rights Rally; Dozens Arrested — VIDEO


Dozens were arrested at a gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia today.

Check out a stunning video of the clash, AFTER THE JUMP...

The AP reports:

Officials in St. Petersburg deemed that the rally, which took place in a space designated for public demonstrations, violated the law. The statute essentially prohibits public displays of homosexuality, as well as talking about it to children.

About 200 nationalists also gathered at the rally, chanting slogans such as "Sodomy will not pass," and throwing eggs and rocks at the gay-rights activists, who numbered about 40.

The state-run Itar-TASS news agency quoted an unnamed police official as saying police arrested dozens of people, including eight nationalists.

RIA Novosti adds:

The Russian LGBT network said on its Facebook page Saturday that several activists were beaten up by their opponents during the event, and more than 50 were held by the police. Eight of the anti-gay activists were detained as well, the police said. One of the police officers was injured while trying to detain an anti-gay activist, local Fonatanka.Ru news website reported.

The Field of Mars is the city’s “Hyde Park” where demonstrations are allowed without special sanctions.

Check out a stunning video of the clash, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And yet we allow these subhumans to immigrate to the USA. We need to start burning russian run businesses in the US to show our displeasure with russia.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 29, 2013 6:12:36 PM

  2. I think they are incredible brave - best of luck to them in receiving the rights they deserve.

    Posted by: MarkTrail | Jun 29, 2013 6:14:55 PM

  3. wow. the only thing missing from this clip is the antigay crowd shouting sieg heil. putin and the russian orthodox church haven't learned the lessons of history. what if they were the ones being persecuted? utterly shameful.

    Posted by: jed | Jun 29, 2013 6:16:21 PM

  4. All I saw were pigs attacking people.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 29, 2013 6:33:27 PM

  5. This shames Russia. What a bunch of braying fascists.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Jun 29, 2013 8:01:42 PM

  6. Throw your threats. You just needed to sit on your asses, and it all came to you. You know nothing of bravery. Let's drop Kev C in Russia with the other "subhumans"

    Posted by: Jess | Jun 29, 2013 8:12:16 PM

  7. Love and Hate. Just like here.

    Posted by: trees | Jun 29, 2013 8:18:33 PM

  8. That is soo sadd. Those homophobic savages!

    Posted by: Teehee | Jun 29, 2013 8:40:56 PM

  9. Jess runs the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fanclub btw. Cyrillic scribbling subhumans.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 29, 2013 9:33:25 PM

  10. Russia: forever primitive, forever brutal.
    It's a hell-hole there.

    Posted by: Dan cobb | Jun 29, 2013 9:37:56 PM

  11. So sad, so sad. Those people are so brave.

    Posted by: Federico | Jun 29, 2013 11:45:50 PM

  12. @Kev C How in the hell does running the lives of Russian immigrants, most of whom are escaping their their homeland, help further LGBT rights in Russia? Really?

    Posted by: Travis | Jun 29, 2013 11:53:08 PM

  13. That's simple Travis. Gays not welcome in Russia? Russians not welcome in the US. Didn't start it, ending it. Come back when you're modestly civilized, rusky.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 30, 2013 12:00:22 AM

  14. Meant ruining.

    Posted by: Travis | Jun 30, 2013 12:05:15 AM

  15. We just don't need russians in the US. Trust me, we are safer without them. If you don't believe, ask your local cop.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 30, 2013 12:17:09 AM

  16. You must be Irish. I can tell by the "Kev" It shows.

    Posted by: Jess | Jun 30, 2013 12:19:55 AM

  17. George Patton was right, in 1945, we should have pushed the Russians back to their boarder. It would have saved Eastern Europe from decades of rape and plunder from these people.

    Posted by: rich | Jun 30, 2013 12:33:18 AM

  18. Encourage a boycott of the Russian Olympics. Don't buy Russian products (vodka). Demand sanctions against Russia.

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 30, 2013 12:45:09 AM

  19. @Jess - Native American, Pilgrim, Founding Fathers. Those are my ancestors, and it's my job to keep your homophobic friends out of my country, Jess. We don't need your european socialist values here either. You are warned.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 30, 2013 12:54:38 AM

  20. Here's an idea. How about having Russian Gay Pride celebration in appropriate areas of the West to highlight Russian fascism against Gays?

    1) NYC - In front of the Russian Orthodox Church building in Manhattan to protest the ROC's direct advocacy of violence and denial of basic human rights such as speech and protest.

    2) London/Paris/Berlin - In the high end shopping districts favored by the nomenklatura to protest their inaction or support of anti-Gay fascism in Russia.

    3) Lausanne - In front of the Int'l Olympic Committee building to protest the 2014 Sochi Games and the IOC's refusal to guarantee the rights of LGBT athletes/fans and their supporters

    4) Zurich - In front of the FIFA building to protest FIFA's inaction on LGBT violence and discrimination within FIFA members and the awarding of the World Cup to Russia and Qatar

    5) Phuket - Main beach area

    6) Strausbourg - In front of the Council of Europe to protest COE's refusal to suspend/expel Russia in the face of persistent and ongoing Russian violation of just about every article of the COE charter and multiple procedings against Russia in the COE.

    7) Atlanta - In front of Coca-Cola to protest their continued funding of the IOC and FIFA in the face of those organizations' continuing to award hosting rights to Russia and Qatar where LGBT persons and athletes face violence and repression.

    Lets make Russia's elite own their fascism when they come to the civilized world

    Other cities - Protesting in front of the Russian embassy or Russian Orthodox Church.

    Lets pick a date and bring Russian Gay Pride to them by protesting organizations and companies that help Russia extend 'soft power' in the West!

    Posted by: Tom in Lazybrook | Jun 30, 2013 1:51:20 AM

  21. Did I see soldiers with the word OMOH - HOMO spelled backwards - written on the back of their uniform shirts?

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Jun 30, 2013 5:31:20 AM

  22. The problem with a boycott is that Russia doesn't have anything - make anything - do anything that anyone wants. No one wants to visit their radioactive wastehole of bad politics, bad music, bad cars, lethal drivers, gangsters, pedophiles, druggies and drunks. Even their vodka is inferior to nordic brands.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 30, 2013 5:44:58 AM

  23. Kev C is a bigot. This isn't the first time he's had a shallow reaction and made ignorant, blanket statements about entire groups of people based on a headline. Yeah, let's drop Kev C off in Russia and let him talk about much crap there as he does here, and let's see how long he lasts with some of THOSE extremists.

    Posted by: Brandon | Jun 30, 2013 5:55:10 AM

  24. This will be happening soon in the USA lead byt the Republicans the Tea Party and the Christian Right

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 30, 2013 6:40:22 AM

  25. @goodcarver. OMOH is the Russian Special Police. It is just a strange cooincident that in Cyrillic it spells HOMO backwards.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 30, 2013 7:52:45 AM

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