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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Pink into red

We spoke too soon, it seems. We’ve just heard from the Beeb that police in Russia have broken up a march by gay-rights activists in Moscow.

It was being staged to coincide with the final of today’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“Several dozen campaigners [including the British campaigner Peter Tatchell] had gathered near a university in defiance of a ban and several were dragged away by police when they tried to shout slogans,” says the BBC website.

“The city authorities had outlawed the parade saying it was morally wrong. Permission has been given for a counter-demonstration by nationalist and religious groups.”

No surprises there, then. Religious groups can get a demo going, but not gays.

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