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GAY PRIDE & LIBERATION EVENTS

Latest news from Moscow Pride

Our friends in Moscow successfully dodged "pre-emptive arrests" to pull off Moscow Pride -- a very big victory and testimony to the smart organizing by these activists. Subsequent to the demonstration, however, there were at least 15 arrests and police put one of the organizers' apartment under siege for several hours before breaking in its door at 9:21 PM Moscow time (12:21 PM Chicago time) and arresting four more. Their latest blog post is:

21:41 [9:41 PM]: The four activists have been arrested and taken to Tverskoy Police Station. The head of the police is reported to have asked one of the activists if he thought it "was normal to organise all that". The activist replied that "the fight is only starting - you did not leave us any choice".

Photos from the Pride protest earlier in the day:

http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/82685/index.php

http://ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/08/Jun/0101.htm

Also, Russian television coverage of Pride can be found at:

http://life.ru/video/2842/

UK Gay News reported that at 11:20 PM local time, most Russian gay websites went down. Fortunately our friends were able to get photos out before then and a live blog continues at the following URL:

http://ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/08/May/3107.htm

We ask all readers of this notice to please contact the Russian embassy and demand that they respect the basic human right of Lesbian and Gay people to assemble. Demand that they immediately release all those who were arrested.

Telephone the Embassy of the Russian Federation:

202-298-5700, 202.298-5701, 202.298-5704

Send a Fax to:

202-298-5735



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