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Photos: More than a thousand Londoners straight and gay protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws

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  1. Sharing this.

    1. “The International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, the so-called top corporate sponsors — Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble — these companies all, as [HRW] did, tracked the progress of this law.”

      “And because it is so clearly in complete violation of the Olympic Charter,” she continued, “it’s also clear to us at Human Rights Watch that if any of the major Olympic stakeholders, the sponsors who are literally paying for the Games, or the International Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Committee or the other Olympic committees, if they weighed in on this, I don’t think this law would have been signed by Putin or passed by the Duma. If they had leaned on [Russia] before the law was signed, it would not have been signed.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/how-olympic-sponsors-and_b_3731878.html

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Aug 2013, 5:08pm

    PN please put the demented freak in the room (Keith) out of its misery once and for all!

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Aug 2013, 5:09pm

    PN please put the demented freak in the room (Keith) out of its misery once and for all! Close his account down every time it comes in here under a different alias.

    1. Agnes McKay 11 Aug 2013, 10:45am

      It is hard to shut out a troll who has many, many e-mail addresses. As one is blocked, he will just use another. Also, if he uses an add-on like Ultrasurf, then you cannot even find out his ISP address.

  4. Some of the Sky & BBC news coverage today including two Stephen Fry interviews –

    http://youtu.be/wlo0dR3LV-Q
    http://youtu.be/Iafj-noJwrY

    1. Mumbo Jumbo 10 Aug 2013, 7:01pm

      Thanks for that – I’m there in the background of the BBC one lol

  5. Helge Vladimir Tiller 10 Aug 2013, 6:43pm

    I wish I could have been marching together with you ! I sincerely wish that of all my heart. But I’m a bit disappointed–only about a thousand protesters—in a city with several millions. Anyhow the protesters have quality !

    1. We had an estimated 5000 on the day, allowing for people to come and go.
      As one of the co-organisers of the day, I am really happy with the turnout, it was PACKED!
      Eddie Jardine

  6. Very difficult to tell when you are in the middle of it but it looked like quite a bit more than a thousand to me. Also people were coming and going throughout.

    I would think somewhere between 3 and 4 thousand attended altogether.

  7. Thank you all from Russia. I love you all ;)

    1. Igor,
      As the co-organiser of the protest, know that we will not give up the struggle for the rights of LGBT people in Russia. We will do everything we can and continue our fight for as long as it takes.

  8. Are you really this stupid?

  9. .....Paddyswurds 11 Aug 2013, 1:17pm

    Western athletes who support the Russian anti gay pogroms by attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi should be ostracised and vilified at every opportunity and they should have fair warning of this before they go. We have little time left in which to bring as much pressure as possible on western Olympic committees to boycott the Russian games and we must step up our game. Athletes who go there will be hoping to gain medals with which they will then approach commercial concerns in order to make as much money as possible from such wins. The gay community is an important economic block when these companies are marketing as we have the disposable income. If we make it clear that participants in these games will be shunned then I am betting things will change in our favour and more importantly in the disgraceful and inhuman anti gay laws in Russia. Buyer and supporter of these laws beware; supporting and taking part in these games is giving tacit support to these dreadful laws,

  10. I agree that the anti-homosexual propaganda laws are a step backwards in both maintaining and ensuring the fair and equal treatment of LGBT persons in Russia. We can only hope that: i. the tyrant Putin and fellow corrupt sycophants will be removed from power (not likely of course), ii. the Russian Federation and its people can move on from the dark and menacing antiquated orthodox church, iii. these unjust laws will serve to incite resistance and draw attention to LGBT rights in the minds of the Russian people (as section 28/2a did for the British people).

    We do have a need and a moral duty, as relatively ”free” peoples, to oppose any form of prejudice and/or discrimination in this world, and to support those whom it harms as best we can.

    However… relative to the terror, endemic bigotry and hatred, and mortal danger LGBT people in places such as Uganda, Iran, Somalia, Nigeria, and (the comical/tragic hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia), have faced for years, these laws are nothing.

    1. Exactly…and NO one on these boards has mentioned this. It’s sickening.

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