05/30/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
What is the mayor of Moscow to do when skin-heads, neo-Nazis and the like show up to attack peaceful lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans people and allies who are just marching to show pride? Well, violently repress the peaceful people. After all, the skin-heads, neo-Nazis and extremists might actually fight back and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin would not want that, would he?
The US State Department has already issued a sternly worded statement condemning the violence and saying “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.”
AllOut has also issued a petition. They state in the introduction that they wish President Dimitry Medvedev to “Stop the violent repression of LGBT People
We urge you to condemn the violence that occurred at Moscow’s Pride march last Saturday. This marks the sixth year that LGBT people were denied freedom of assembly.
“It is your responsibility to ensure the security and freedom of expression for ALL Russians, including LGBT Russians. Please speak up against the violent repression of Moscow’s LGBT community and compel Mayor Sobyanin to make Pride legal once and for all.”
Among those who were arrested this past Saturday were several Americans including former Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, who was part of the push to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the US.
Click here to sign the petition