Monday, May 28, 2007

Russian Police Arrest Gays

Russian police have arrested gay rights activists including a German member of parliament as they demonstrated outside the Moscow mayor's office and came under assault from ultra-nationalists. Russian gay community leader Nikolai Alexeyev and several others, were detained outside the building in central Moscow at the start of a demonstration by several dozen homosexual rights activists.Also detained was visiting German parliamentarian Volker Beck and veteran British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. Dozens of ultra- nationalists converged, some of them punching and kicking the gay demonstrators before riot police moved in to separate the two sides.