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Anti Gay Conductor In London

By Charlotte Robinson, November 01, 2013

The opening performance of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican in London last night was disrupted by gay activist Peter Tatchell who strode on to the stage dressed in a tuxedo making an official announcement of Gergiev’s anti gay position. Tatchell told the concert audience, “Valery Gergiev is a friend, ally & supporter of the Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin, whose regime is arresting peaceful protesters & opposition leaders. Gergiev defends the new homophobic law that persecutes gay Russians. He sided with Putin against Pussy Riot. I ask you to oppose tyranny & show your support for the Russian people.” Tatchell was manhandled off the stage by security staff & then voluntarily left the concert hall to some slow handclaps but mostly to applause. After exiting the concert hall Tatchell, Director of the human rights advocacy organization, the Peter Tatchell Foundation added, “Gergiev’s loyalty to Putin has been rewarded with personal honors & massive state grants for his pet projects. Gergiev is a great conductor but he colludes with a tyrant and shows little concern for freedom & equality. I may have annoyed some concert-goers but others seemed supportive. It was all over in two minutes. Gergiev’s performance was only briefly delayed. I never intended to disrupt the concert; only to make a short, symbolic statement.”
For More Info: petertatchellfoundation.org
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