Hundreds protest Iranian president's visit to Rio de Janeiro
Gay and Jewish activists denounced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence in Brazil for the UN Rio+20 summit
Protestors in Brazil rallied over the weekend against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit.
Hundreds of gay, Jewish and rights activists took to the the famed Ipanema beach in protest of the Iranian president’s presence in Rio de Janeiro for the UN summit on sustainable development.
Protestors carrying banners that read ‘Rio does not welcome Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’ and ‘Iranians we love you’ condemned the Iranian’s president treatment of gays and Jews.
‘Religious hatred harms the environment and Ahmadinejad represents hatred,’ said Ivanir dos Santos, of the commission against religious intolerance.
‘Sustainable development encompasses human rights’.
Also in attendance at the demonstration were Claudio Nascimento and Joao Silva, the first gay couple recognized by Rio authorities. The couple said they were in attendance ‘because today in Iran, homosexuals are jailed and sentenced to death’.
A report on gay, bi and trans people in Iran released in May highlighted the problems they face in their own country and when they flee into exile.