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Crosswalk at Russian Embassy in Sweden Painted Rainbow Colors in Protest of Anti-Gay Laws: PHOTO


Here's what the crosswalk outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden looks like today, via Street Art Utopia.

The Local reports:

Gay rights supporters have painted the zebra crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm in the colours of the rainbow following angry exchanges during last week's Pride festival over the country's treatment of LGBT individuals. Stockholm police have been in regular contact with the Russian headquarters since the earlier manifestations but were unaware of the latest incident.

"We have no case on it but probably it is classed as vandalism or a violation of traffic regulations," Ulf Lindgren of Stockholm police told Dagens Nyheter.

He added that the police are not responsible for restoring the walkway to its regular pattern of black and white.

"Protesting is one thing, it has to be done. But this is wrong even if the objective is something else. It can affect people who are using the zebra crossing. There's a risk it can create danger for those using the crossing as they should look a certain way. It's confusing if they are different," added Lundgren.

On Saturday a group of naked men marched back and forth across the rainbow crossing outside the embassy. One of the group took pictures but it remains unclear if they are connected with the stunt.

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  1. We should do this for ALL the embassies of countries where gay people are treated poorly. Sweden's Ugandan embassy should be next!

    Posted by: Andy | Aug 11, 2013 4:02:41 PM

  2. Gays will always color between the lines.

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 11, 2013 4:06:37 PM

  3. @ Yep !
    I'll turn up with my pot of paint in Washington outside the Russian Embassy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 11, 2013 5:08:26 PM

  4. @Andy: it shouldn't be done for the reason given: safety. Driver's and pedestrians need a consistent set of traffic control devices.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 11, 2013 5:26:10 PM

  5. There's a fine line between actions that rally supporters and actions that alienate them. While I applaud the Swedes for expressing their protestations against the Russian Embassy, painting a public street is vandalism.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Aug 11, 2013 5:36:05 PM

  6. They got the colors wrong on this side: it's red, orange, yellow; not red, yellow, orange. Looks like they got it right on the far side, though.

    Come on, gays, we're supposed to be good at decorating!

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 11, 2013 5:37:00 PM

  7. Bill, I agree, but if it was done so that it's just a strip down the middle, it would still look recognizably like a zebra crossing but display the message at the same time. Maybe lol

    Posted by: calcifer | Aug 11, 2013 5:37:50 PM

  8. Seriously, If I had to cross the street there I would be sooooo confused I would probably die from a terrible death of a car hitting me for sure...

    Posted by: David | Aug 11, 2013 5:52:27 PM

  9. I'm guessing most Russian embassies have security cameras EVERYWHERE. Very risky.

    Posted by: Fox | Aug 11, 2013 6:24:01 PM

  10. No doubt a 'safer' crossing now - new, colorful and it will be noticed by all.

    Posted by: RexT | Aug 11, 2013 6:25:55 PM

  11. I don't get why it's confusing, it still looks like a crosswalk, a bit more colorful but it's not as distracting as billboards or bright lights from stores or the fashion victims walking around.

    Posted by: zeb | Aug 11, 2013 7:59:11 PM

  12. great move just to let the russian know the civilized world is watching . the more protest the better

    Posted by: walter | Aug 11, 2013 9:13:13 PM

  13. it should be noted that there are NO safe crossings for gays in Russia.

    Posted by: terry | Aug 11, 2013 9:26:10 PM

  14. Walk all over gay rights.

    Posted by: EB | Aug 11, 2013 10:05:28 PM

  15. i wanna see pictures of the naked men crossing at it.

    Posted by: alguien | Aug 11, 2013 11:35:49 PM

  16. @zeb, @RexT, @David: and what happens when a driver is color blind? Also what happens in poor visibility (night with heavy fog and rain)?

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 11, 2013 11:57:23 PM

  17. AteaatI don't think the naked guys are helping.i thought that was part of what they are afraid of will happen in Russia. At least it wasn't a nambla picnic in the middle of the street.

    Posted by: Steve Talbert | Aug 12, 2013 6:59:08 AM

  18. AMAZING!!!

    Love this so much.

    Posted by: TX Dave | Aug 12, 2013 8:59:00 AM

  19. This is a beautiful gesture. Thank you

    Posted by: J.J | Aug 12, 2013 8:59:22 AM

  20. Pretty cool

    Posted by: melon | Aug 12, 2013 8:59:36 AM

  21. hahahaah good for them. LGBT have been persecuted enough throughout the world!!!! NO MORE WILL WE TAKE IT!

    Posted by: sPANIARD | Aug 12, 2013 9:02:20 AM


    Posted by: Daniel Cool | Aug 12, 2013 12:13:25 PM

  23. Oh.... If I were Russian I'd be shaking in my boots.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 12, 2013 10:37:25 PM

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