Reykjavik mayor shows pride for Pussy Riot at gay parade

Iceland mayor Jon Gnarr wears pink dress and balaclava in support of pro-gay Russian punk group on trial in Russia

Reykjavik mayor shows pride for Pussy Riot at gay parade
14 August 2012

The mayor of Reykjavik dressed in a pink dress and balaclava during Iceland’s gay pride parade to support Russian female punk band Pussy Riot.

Standing on the float marked with the words ‘Gayor’, Jon Gnarr dressed in the trademark clothes of the women who are currently on trial for staging a pro-gay protest against President Putin.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were accused of ‘hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred’ for singing a song which also spoke out for gay rights.

The trio, who face up to seven years in jail, all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A verdict on the trial, which human rights groups have condemned as ‘politically motivated’, is expected on Friday (17 August).

Gnarr was a comedian before being elected Mayor in 2010 on a ticket of ‘free towels in all swimming pools’ and ‘a polar bear for the Reykjavik zoo’ amongst other things, and said he would only form a coalition with politicians who had seen HBO series The Wire.

See Mayor Jon Gnarr on his float here:

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