Reports from Peter Tatchell have told how todays Moscow Pride turned into an angry confrontation when the LGBT community came up against groups of police who appeared to be working with the Neo-Nazis.
The Pride Parade had been banned by authorities for the fifth year running last week. Moscow’s Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been constantly against the event.
You can read Peter’s full report at http://www.pinknews.co.uk
Witnesses have shared stories of the Neo-Nazis collaborating with the police to cause violence with the Pride protesters. This led to a total of 18 protesters being arrested as they tried to stage the banned parade. US gay activist Dan Choi was among those hurt in the violence. He was wrestled to the ground by police and punched.
Reading this story makes me feel so angry. It should make us all realise that we all still have a long way to go. We are lucky here in London to be able to hold a Pride Parade with the participation of the authorities. We are able to celebrate our pride and march for our rights in relative safety.
It can be very easy for us in more liberal countries to not worry about the troubles in countries like Russia. Too many people use “Not my problem” to excuse themselves from any thoughts of oppression elsewhere. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our LGBT family who don’t have the privileges that we have.
One thing we must be thankful for is that at least for this year no one was seriously hurt. All 18 people have been released. In 2011 not one member of the LGBT community should be fearful of being able to show their pride.