Authorites in the
Russian capital of Moscow refused on Thursday to
authorize a gay pride parade, saying the event could trigger
riots. But the parade's organizers pledged to go ahead
with the rally.
the parade's main organizer, told the Associated Press
that the city's refusal to allow the parade was illegal and
he promised to challenge it in court. "The authorities
decision is a violation of the Russian constitution,"
The parade is
scheduled to take place in the city center on May 27, the
13th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality
in Russia. "The parade will take place as scheduled,
we won't cancel it," Alexeyev told the AP.
But the rally
could draw a "negative reaction against its
participants and trigger protests that could lead to
violation of the public order and mass riots," the
Moscow city government said. Alexeyev said the
statement amounted to the authorities' acknowledgment
of the fact that they cannot protect gays' rights. "That
means that they can't provide security for gays in any
location," he said. (The Advocate)
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