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   Russian gay pride parade rally ends in assaults and arrests

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5/29/2006 11:00 am

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Entered 5/30/2006, Updated 5/30/2006

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Riot police broke up an attempt by gays and lesbians to stage Moscow's first gay pride parade, and gay activists who tried to lay flowers near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin wall were heckled and assaulted by skinheads, Orthodox Christians and nationalists. Police said they arrested about 120 people on Saturday, supporters and opponents of the parade. Gay activists were dragged away by riot police when they began speaking to reporters, but opponents of the parade, including a nationalist member of parliament, were allowed to speak and chant "Moscow is not Sodom".


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