Saturday, June 4, 2011

Moscow Gay Pride Assault Case Filed

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A criminal case is being filed against those who assulted
a journalist at Saturday’s Moscow Gay Pride march. Elena
Kostyuchenko, a journalist with Novaya Gazeta newspaper
who came out of the closet as a Lesbian on Saturday joined
the protest with her rainbow flag is still hospitalized. She
was struck on the head during the gay pride parade which
was attacked by right wing protestors & stamped out by the
police. Dmitry Kolbasin, spokesman for human rights group
Agora stated, “A criminal case has been launched over the
attack on Novaya Gazeta journalist Elena Kostyuchenko at
Moscow’s gay parade, for causing deliberate bodily harm
with malicious motives.”
Fortunately there weren’t any Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgender (LGBT) activists exercising their right
to peaceably assemble killed near Red Square, May 28th.
Media sources made a great deal out of the fact that a few
visiting western gay activists including Dan Choi got some
minor injuries at the hands of the police or fascists. The
U.S. Embassy in Moscow did issue a brief statement on
the attacks on Moscow Pride.
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Anonymous Mark Toner said...

We are concern about freedom of assembly in Russia. We note with concern that in Moscow on Saturday, May 28, a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians, joined by international supporters, was forcefully disrupted by counter-protesters, and that Russian security forces then detained people from both groups, including American citizens. Some protestors were seriously injured according to media reports.

Freedom of assembly is a fundamental right all members of the OSCE committed to, including in the Moscow declaration and as recently as the Astana summit. As nationwide legislative elections approach, constraints on the ability of Russian citizens peacefully to gather and express their views will be closely watched in evaluating the integrity of the electoral process. We call on Russian authorities to work with municipal officials to find better ways to safeguard these fundamental freedoms.

Mark Toner, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State

June 2, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

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