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Sweden: Pedestrian crossing outside Russian embassy painted in rainbow colours

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  1. Wow…..fantastic stuff.

    Now lets see the same outside all Russian embassies.

  2. Lynda Yilmaz 12 Aug 2013, 4:53pm

    If the winter Olympics go ahead in Russia, I can see unlimited opportunities to mock Putin. Team GB in rainbow outfits. Skis painted in rainbow colours – there’s no end of the fun that can be poked. Before anyone accuses me of being flippant or trivialising a big issue. I’m not ok?

  3. Love it! how convenient the crossing existed!

    Bravo to the Swede’s. It’s a brilliant protest symbol and lasting reminder. Let’s see all Russian embassy’s have them let’s pave a protest path to their doors with Rainbow crossings around the world.

  4. I hope the authorities don’t remove it. Or if they do, then replace it with an official one.

  5. Three cheers for Sweden

  6. Not trying to play the devil’s advocate here, just an honest question. Isn’t homosexuality illegal in some 70 countries around the world, and if so, why is Russia getting more flack than those countries? Of course the anti-gay laws cause lots of damage, but surely it’s at least somewhat better that it’s not against the law to be gay in the first place? Is it simply because Russia is closer to the West culturally and geographically, or it’s easier to get away with putting political pressure on them?

    1. Christopher in Canada 13 Aug 2013, 3:19am

      I’ve wondered that myself, and my theory is racism, and assumptions based on simple appearances.

      Russians look like us, therefore, they should think and act like us. (Yes, I’m writing from a Caucasian North American’s point of view, but hear me out…) It’s easy to accept draconian laws in other human societies – they look so different than us – different dress, darker skin, different hair, a penchant for mustaches from 1976…

      I really think that is why there is a stumbling block with the Russians more so than other nations and cultures. It doesn’t help that most general history courses in the West do not cover Russia’s past unless taken as an elective – we are woefully ignorant of what Russian heritage really is, beyond popular stereotype.

      1. Yes, after all look where the Caucasus actually is – !

        But the issue is also that Russia wants to be seen as a progressive and at least partly-European nation and is now making this retrograde step. I think there’d actually be as much of an uproar if, say, Brazil started bringing in anti-gay legislation in advance of the next summer Olympics.

        Where this leaves the 2022 FA World Cup in Qatar, I don’t know.

    2. I think it’s largely because they’re now introducing anti-gay laws, while most other countries in Eurasia are, if anything, removing or reducing them.

  7. Ivor Casey 13 Aug 2013, 1:03pm

    Beautiful! – in every sense :)

  8. Here in Vancouver, BC ours was created for our Pride Week and is the first permanent rainbow in Canada.

  9. Pete (Nottingham) 16 Dec 2013, 1:50pm

    Damn it they got the yellow and orange the wrong way round!

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