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Olympic Flame Met With Protest In Athens Over Russian Anti-Gay Laws

(twitter Vivian Efthimiopoulou)

On Saturday, a throng of people gathered to protest Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws as the Olympic flame made its way through Athens, Greece. The protest was reportedly peaceful.

The AP reports:

The activists sat on the steps of the Acropolis Museum, with some holding rainbow flags, while others held a banner reading "Homophobia is not in the Olympic Spirit" and "Love is not Propaganda."

Police presence was light and there were no incidents.

The official handover ceremony will take place later Saturday.

This protest could precede an arduous journey for the flame. Where else will it be met with outcry about Russia's recent legislation? 

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  1. This is the first officially anti-gay olympics!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 5, 2013 2:28:48 PM

  2. At this point, LGBTs attention span appears to have been caught by another shiny bauble.

    Posted by: TruthTeller | Oct 5, 2013 4:43:29 PM

  3. How polite that protesters met with the flame, but didn't mess with it. That wouldn't be wise.

    Posted by: PK | Oct 5, 2013 5:16:24 PM

  4. This is a very good idea! Peaceful protests like this for the entire journey of the flame so that the protest's press coverage drowns out the regular flame journey press coverage. And you can bet that the media would find the protest more enticing to cover than the boring flam! :)

    Posted by: Kyle | Oct 5, 2013 7:06:55 PM

  5. Good for them. Keep the pressure on.

    Is it too much to hope that one of the torch bearers might have an opportunity to shove it straight up Putin's go-go hole?

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 5, 2013 7:09:10 PM

  6. Wow. Are these the minds we are defending? They'd work better planning a Bake Sale.

    Posted by: GG | Oct 5, 2013 7:48:47 PM

  7. And the first protests begin. Good!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 6, 2013 5:19:27 AM

  8. Want to support the athletes who have trained so hard to compete in the Winter Olympics?
    Want to send a message of support to the LGBT people of Russia?
    Not happy with Vladimir Putin's human rights abuses?
    Please visit:

    Posted by: Stephen Mead | Oct 6, 2013 10:16:37 AM

  9. Ever notice how much worse the world has become since queer rights? Of course there is no connection.

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 6, 2013 8:09:11 PM

  10. @PETER: The World has not become worse since Gay Rights, it is just that the Press in now reporting on more of the anti Gay activity than previously because we are now VISIBLE, and OPEN in society.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 6, 2013 9:44:41 PM

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