Russian Gay Activists arrested at Polling Station, December 2, 2007

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Breaking news : Russian Gay Activists arrested at Polling Station today
Nikolai Alekseev, and about 15 others gays and lesbians have been arrested this morning at 10am in Moscow while they attempted to vote at the “District Electoral Commission N°165”. They came to the place at 9.30am. Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov who banned the last 2 gays prides was planning to vote in the same place later in the day.
The police suddenly broke into the place and took all the activists who were quietly voting. There was no protest organized.About 5 police bus could be seen around the voting place which usually serve as a school. In the voting room, music was being plaied.
The activists are detained at the Tverskoy police station and no information on their release is given by the authorities.
Member of German Bundestag, Volker Beck, has called his Ministry of Foreign Affairs to react in Moscow. A statement is due soon.

An appeal signed by Russian Gays and Lesbians and released about 2 weeks ago called the LGBT community to come to vote and write on the balot paper : “No to homophobs!”
They claimed that no political party took the LGBT issues ino consideration and therefore they did not want to support anyone.

Nikolai Baev, among the group of 13 Gays and Lesbians has been released at 4pm Moscow Time (GMT+2).

Nikolai Alekseev; the Moscow Gay Pride organizer, from GayRussia as well as Alexey Davidov from LGT Rights are among the detainees.

He was charged for attempting to conduct an “illegal demonstration”.

The other 12 activists are still in the Tverskoy police station, 100m from the City Hall and about 5mn walks from the Red Square.

The crowd of medias in the polling station where activists were arrested can testify that activists did not conduct any demonstration. It’s just that about 20 of them voted at the same time. Medias were also waiting for the Mayor of Luzhkov who was due to the vote shortly after the LGBT activists.

MOSCOU, 2 déc 2007 (AFP) – Treize homosexuels ont été interpellés dimanche à Moscou après être venus voter dans le bureau de vote du maire de la capitale Iouri Loujkov, connu pour ses propos homophobes, a raconté à l’AFP l’un d’eux, Nikolaï Alexeïev.
“On était en train de voter. Des hommes des services secrets nous ont poussés hors du bâtiment et mis dans un car qui nous a conduits au poste de police” de la Tverskaïa, a dit l’organisateur de la Gay Parade de Moscou, joint au téléphone au commissariat. Le petit groupe entendait “protester collectivement” contre le maire et contre “tous les partis”, a-t-il expliqué, précisant avoir écrit sur son bulletin de vote “Non aux homophobes, non à Loujkov”. Avec la suppression de la case “vote contre tous” sur les bulletins, un certain nombre d’électeurs ont décidé d’exprimer leur mécontentement en déchirant ou en altérant leur bulletin qui est alors comptabilisé comme nul. Les militants homosexuels étaient arrivés à 09H30 au bureau de vote, dans l’espoir de croiser le maire, dont le vote était attendu à 10H00. Ils ont été emmenés sans l’avoir rencontré. A la mi-journée, ils étaient détenus depuis trois heures au poste de police et aucun motif ne leur avait été donné pour leur interpellation, a affirmé M. Alexeïev. M. Loujkov a qualifié d’”oeuvre de Satan” la Gay Parade qu’il a interdite à deux reprises dans sa ville.

Article : http://gayrussia.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=10474




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