Russian Protest Against Anti-Gay Law Turns Violent

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    ']);">FILE - In this  Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo Russian gay right campaigner Pavel Samburov (center left) and five other gay rights activists kiss during a protest near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia. A controversial bill banning "homosexual propaganda" has been submitted to Russia's lower house of parliament for the first of three hearings Tuesday, Jan. 22. 2013. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, file)

    FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo Russian gay right campaigner Pavel Samburov (center left) and five other gay rights activists kiss during a protest near the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia. A controversial bill banning “homosexual propaganda” has been submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament for the first of three hearings Tuesday, Jan. 22. 2013. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, file)


    Militant Orthodox activists have attacked members of Russia’s embattled gay community protesting against a planned law banning “gay propaganda”.

    Russia’s Parliament is to consider a federal law that makes public events and dissemination of information on the LGBT community to minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000. Lawmakers, officials and Russia’s dominant Orthodox church have hailed the law saying it will boost Russia’s dwindling birth rates.

    A dozen LGBT rights campaigners gathered Tuesday in front of the parliament building in Moscow to protest the law by kissing each other. But a similar number of young men interrupted the protest, assaulting the campaigners, taking away and tearing down their posters and shouting obscenities at them.

    Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but homophobia remains strong.

     


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