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Video: Gay activists beaten and arrested in Russia

by David Edwards and Muriel Kane

(Via Raw Story) - In Moscow on Sunday, a demonstration by gay rights activists was met by a hostile and violent crowd that threw eggs and punched at least one protester on camera. Several of them were then arrested for holding an illegal protest, and some have claimed that Russian police officers beat them as well.

British pop singer Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred and UK activist Peter Tatchell were among those beaten by the neo-Nazi mob.

According to an account in the Daily Mail, "Mr Fairbrass, 53, the Right Said Fred singer, was being interviewed on TV during the Moscow march when an anti-gay activist, dressed all in black, surged forward and began raining blows on his head and punched him full in the face."

"The attack left him with blood dripping from cuts around his eyes and nose," Richard Simpson reported for the UK paper. "Mr Tatchell, 55, was repeatedly beaten and kicked before being taken away by two riot policemen."

The following video is from The Associated Press.


Originally published on Monday May 28, 2007.

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