AP is reporting that a gay rights gathering in St. Petersburg, Russia has ended in scuffles after several dozen protesters were confronted by about 200 conservative and religious activists.
The police standing nearby waited until clashes broke out between the two groups before intervening. According to Russian news agencies, the police detained 67 people from both sides.
The scuffles started after anti-gay protestors tore a rainbow flag out of a woman’s hands.
The St. Petersburg city government had sanctioned the rally despite the Russian government’s June passage of a contenious law outlawing gay “propaganda.” Gays in Russia have faced increasing pressure and threats of violence from homophobic vigilantes.
AP reports that St. Petersburg police could not be reached for comment.
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(Source: Associated Press, 12 Oct 2013, Photo: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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