On June 12, several people suffered from nazi attacks after it had been agreed to run a rally of opposition.
Around 20 to 25 LGBT activists from the “Coming Out” organisation, equal rights campaigners and the heterosexual alliance for LGBT rights took part in this opposition gathering on the Koniushennaya square. And although the meeting went peacefully, it was attended by young bad tempered nationalists, some of whom flagrantly showed a negative attitude against LGBT people. When all the participants started to disperse, LGBT activists noticed that a group of nationalists were after them, and went towards police officers to get some help. But those ignored the requests and simply advised to remove the banners, saying that “everything will be alright”.
After a few minutes, around 10 to 15 people attacked LGBT activists with pepper gas sprays. But they found resistance and quickly ran away. Unfortunatelly, they did not leave the place without damages: one person got beaten up while another one had his video camera smashed. Following to this accident, LGBT activists once again turned to the police located on the street, but the guards did not undertake any measures. The victims intend to take this case to justice and have it applied to the police.
“We have repeatedly said that the legalization of discrimination against LGBT people can lead to an escalation of violence. Now, when it comes to the inaction of the police, who could easily prevent people from being attacked, we cannot call this anything else than criminal negligence.” Commented the activist Olga Lenokva from “Coming Out”.
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