LGBT protesters pelted with eggs at Moscow equality rally

Police arrest thugs armed with eggs, knives and crowbars who attacked protesters at a rally for equal rights for women and gay people in the Russian capital

LGBT protesters pelted with eggs at Moscow equality rally
09 March 2014

LGBT protesters were pelted with eggs for holding rainbow flags at a rally for International Women’s Day in Moscow, Russia yesterday (8 March).

The rally, held from Samotechnaya Square to Suvorov Square in Moscow, included LGBT activists from Moscow’s Rainbow Association as well as around 100 other participants who held placards for equal rights and anti-sexism.

Shortly after the protest started, Russian police demanded any rainbow flags were immediately removed from the rally, but posters with anti-homophobia slogans were allowed to remain.

The sanctioned protest was disrupted by thugs armed with weapons and eggs who attempted to overturn the rally.

The attackers honed in on LGBT protestors who had rainbow flags by pelting them with eggs and trying to burn their placards.

A video of the event shows that a poster with the slogan: ‘No church, no kitchen, no state!’ was seized by the assailants who tried to burn it.

When Russian police arrived to arrest the thugs, it was discovered some of them were armed with crowbars and knives which they had hidden under their clothes.

Russian police arrested at least a dozen of the thugs who attacked the rally.

Reports of such disruption at events rallying for equality for women and gay people have happened before.

In September 2013, police detained 15 people in Moscow who attempted to disrupt a rally about sexual rights for women on World Contraception Day.

Watch the video of the protest here:



No thumbnail available

A gay dad takes his 10-year-old sons and 80-year-old parents to a drag show

Rob Watson's My Life As A Gay Dad continues as the whole family go and see Rob's partner perform in heels and wearing a lot more glitter
No thumbnail available

Alabama issues 'no homo' license plate

'No homo is just a more evolved way of calling someone a faggot'
No thumbnail available

Heineken hearts Gay Pride with #LikeForLove Instagram photos

Just in time for some of the world’s biggest Gay Pride festivals around the world, Heineken features six real couples on its Instagram account for its #LikeForLove campaign
No thumbnail available

50,000 march for LGBTI equality in Santiago, Chile

Marchers call on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens including full marriage rights for same-sex couples
No thumbnail available

Campaigners protest Pope for gay marriage insult

Gay rights advocates were barred from holding a peaceful protest against the Pope's 'gay marriage is against human nature' comments in St Peter's Square
No thumbnail available

Sinéad O'Connor says it's not accurate to call her bisexual

But the singer has 'explored' relationships with women and may do so again
No thumbnail available

Russell Tovey gives up time to help London’s older LGBTI citizens

The actor took over quiz master duties at a special fundraising event
No thumbnail available

Irish football captain thanks team's 'girlfriends and boyfriends' for their support during the season

Ger Brennan, captain of St. Vincent’s All Ireland club team, makes casual remark in speech at end of tournament
No thumbnail available

Bisexual porn star in grisly body part murder

Alleged YouTube kitten killer wanted by Canadian police in connection with murder and dismembering of man in Montreal
No thumbnail available

Nepal opens first third gender toilet

Nepal's first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant opens 'revolutionary' gender-neutral toilet