LGBT Rights Demonstrations in Russia and Poland

Posted on 22 Nov 2010 at 3:44am

Queer.de in Germany has video footage of gay rights demonstrations that took place in Russia and Poland over the weekend. You can view the footage at their site. Queer.de is a German-language site, so I will loosely summarize what they are reporting:

Russia saw its first ever legally-sanctioned gay rights demonstration on Saturday in St. Petersburg. About twenty people took part. The recently imprisoned and freed Nikolai Alekseev was among them. Approximately thirty counter-protesters hurled eggs and insults at the demonstrators before the police restrained them. The counter-protesters consisted mainly of right-wing extremists and Orthodox Christians.

In Poland, demonstrations took place in Warsaw and Posen. In Warsaw, the protest was directed toward securing relationship recognition for same-sex couples. Dozens took part. In Posen, 50-100 people joined what was called “The March for Equal Rights.” Counter-protesters appeared at the Posen march, and mostly consisted of nationalists and soccer hooligans.




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