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Protesters Disrupt Gay Rights Demonstration In Russia

The anti-gay protesters attacked the small group of demonstrators who were taking part in an International Coming Out Day march at a park in St. Petersburg this morning.

Reuters reports

The anti-gay demonstrators included several elderly women who chanted Russian Orthodox prayers. "The homophobes broke up the action with the help of the police," said Natalia Tsymbalova, one of the organizers of the gay rights demo.

Another demonstrator called Maria told Reuters that when a pro-gay demonstrator tried to unfurl a rainbow-colored flag, she was manhandled to the ground and the flag torn from her.

A police representative told Reuters that 67 people had been detained. They included both gay rights activists and their opponents.


Approximately 15-20 people took part in the pro-gay march, which had been approved by St. Petersburg city officials. The group of anti-gay protesters numbered at about three times that number. Video from the clash has not yet surfaced but I will post it as soon as it does.

UPDATE: Watch video of the altercations, which includes footage of a pro-gay supporter trying to hold on to the rainbow flag several hooligans attempt to wrestle away from her, AFTER THE JUMP.

(Thanks to KevinVT for the tip)

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  1. Some video footage here:

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 12, 2013 1:07:49 PM

  2. Thank you very much for publishing these news. IOC must answer how it will protect gay athletes and visitor from all this anti-gay violence while the police does NOTHING!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 12, 2013 1:08:34 PM

  3. Eastern Orthodoxy, and its Russian branch, are even more vicious and hateful of LGBTs than almost any other religion, with the possible exception of Islam.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 12, 2013 1:38:13 PM

  4. I'm so sick of seeing photos like the one above where Russian bigots are physically assaulting gays. In America, if you bump your shopping cart into someone's ankle, he or she can say, "Oh! I'm hurt! I'm paralyzed!" and fall to the ground. Next thing you know, there's a big lawsuit. Are people allowed to assault others in Russia with no consequences?

    Posted by: NJ Gay | Oct 12, 2013 1:53:00 PM

  5. The rainbow flags seems to attract russians. Maybe they should use rainbow colored soap, since soap repels russians.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 12, 2013 4:02:32 PM

  6. I just can imagine a protest being disrupted. How rude.

    Posted by: DB | Oct 12, 2013 4:09:14 PM

  7. Thanks for the footage KevinVT.
    My heart truly breaks for our gay brothers and sisters in Russia.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 12, 2013 4:28:49 PM

  8. There must be gays on other planets. What to do?

    Posted by: ZX | Oct 12, 2013 5:19:17 PM

  9. There seem to be more cameras than controversy. You feast on it. Ever see footage of a race riot in the southern US in the 1960's?

    Posted by: SV | Oct 12, 2013 5:27:27 PM

  10. THAT is what true courage looks like! Much, much love to these heroes of justice and equality.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 12, 2013 7:04:53 PM

  11. Tchaikovsky must be turning over in his grave at the sound of those religious people trying to sing!

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 12, 2013 8:53:19 PM

  12. Tug of war is not life threatening.

    Posted by: PO | Oct 12, 2013 9:30:28 PM

  13. Does PO stand for Piss Off?

    Posted by: bollox | Oct 12, 2013 10:50:18 PM

  14. What is it about young Russian men that makes them go just ape over the rainbow flag ?

    They grab at it and long to caress it !

    Posted by: Jake | Oct 12, 2013 11:43:07 PM

  15. It seems like they need to be reminded how the old soup tasted. Right know the only ones fighting to avoid that from happening are those brave gay activists.Russia, always brutal.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Oct 13, 2013 6:40:54 AM

  16. The photo the two men kissing surrounded by those faceless cops is very powerful image.

    Posted by: jarago | Oct 13, 2013 1:23:01 PM

  17. Screw these bigoted pigs. You are supposed to have bricks and pipes with you. Use them against these bigots next time.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Oct 15, 2013 10:33:53 AM

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