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Thousands Protest Russia's Anti-Gay Laws in Berlin: VIDEO


Approximately 5,000 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to protest Russia's anti-gay laws, the HuffPost reports:

Organized by the Enough Is Enough group, the event was aimed at raising awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in Russia.

Many protesters at the afternoon event called for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (scheduled to open Feb. 7, 2014). The march ended with a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy on Berlin's Unter der Linden street, with the iconic Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop. Protesters held signs saying "Enough Is Enough," "Stop Homophobia" and "Putin Go Homo."

Demonstrators included people of all ages and seemed to receive positive responses from spectators.

Watch The Guardian's video of the event and interviews with protesters, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. It's nice to see this, but it would also be nice if gay Germans would start protesting to make gay marriage legal in Germany - it's LONG overdue.

    Posted by: Denise | Sep 3, 2013 10:15:17 PM

  2. What bothers me, and not just Huffington Post, is what is happening is relegated to 'gay' pages or gay publications. Otherwise it is totally ignored. With FB and other social media we need to get the word widespread so mainstream media starts paying attention!

    Posted by: CB | Sep 3, 2013 10:16:01 PM

  3. Huff Post especially loves to report on a well organized march with groups like "Enough is Enough" in the mix. The whole handling of gays in Russia will take on a different tone if the U.S. attacks Syria.
    Maybe the Huff Post will have to struggle with serious reporting.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 3, 2013 10:42:30 PM

  4. I don't recall, but has there yet been a U.S. protest of Russia and the Olympic Games? I know there were sporadic protests against Stoli and Coke, but don't remember any directly against Russia and the IOC. A 50 State organized protest might get some media attention, maybe in October to give organizers a time for an effective protest and telling politicians their stance will reflect how we will remember them next year in their elections!

    Posted by: CB | Sep 3, 2013 10:50:36 PM

  5. Yes CB I don't think there has been anything in the US like the big protest in Sweden or wherever it was and now Berlin, although a lot of smaller ones and other kinds of activity. I think a part of it is proximity. Russia is more in their back yard. There must be other reasons as well...??

    Posted by: emjayay | Sep 4, 2013 12:54:06 AM

  6. Why are AMerican LGBT always so apologetic and fearfl?

    Posted by: Trees4 | Sep 4, 2013 1:22:13 AM

  7. LGBT in the U.S are behind many other countries because we back down from religious militants in this country. It's why of all the western nations when it comes to gay rights, the U.S is very behind.

    Posted by: Milyes | Sep 4, 2013 1:23:09 AM

  8. It's sad how American LGBT really don't care about LGBT issues and would much rather throw a party.

    Posted by: D.C Civil | Sep 4, 2013 1:23:34 AM

  9. Wish people in the states would care half as much, but then again, 22 gay people including couples were attacked or shot at or beat in New York City and hardly a peep from the gay community or national dialogue about it.

    Thank goodness the fight for LGBT freedom is not in the hands of America's LGBT community.

    Posted by: Jerod Stefianese | Sep 4, 2013 1:49:49 AM

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