Spacey and Law Protest Belarus Dictatorship
BY Advocate.com Editors
April 01 2011 9:15 AM ET
Actors Kevin Spacey and Jude Law joined a protest in London this week to call for an end to the dictatorship of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who is known for antigay positions.
The Daily Mail reports on the Monday evening march of 100 people, including Sir Tom Stoppard and actor Roger Lloyd Park.
“Spacey, 51, said he was moved to act and protest about human rights violations in Belarus after watching the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) perform in New York last year,” reports the Mail.
“He told the Evening Standard: ‘It’s the only time I’ve read a programme saying nearly every single member of a theatre company has been arrested or imprisoned.’”
The demonstration began in central London outside public relations agency Grayling, which protesters want to end its business in Belarus, although the company’s chief executive objects to the charges. Marchers moved to the House of Commons, where the Belarus Free Theatre was to perform.
“American Beauty star Spacey also revealed that he had just discovered that his own films and those of Law have now been banned in Belarus because of their involvement with the protests,” reports the Mail.
Le Figaro reported that Lukashenko has said he does not like “fags.” He said that when German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, who is gay, visited Belarus in November, he told him to lead a “normal life.”
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