Enforcement of anti-gay propaganda laws continued in Russia this weekend.
Gay rights demonstrators observed the Day of Silence, which draws attention to “the silencing of discrimination and crimes against sexual minorities.” Two demonstrators were arrested in St. Petersburg.
More after the jump.
According to The Moscow Times, “The demonstrators stood separately with their mouths sealed by bright red tape and holding signs, including one reading ‘There is no silencing of crimes against gays and lesbians.’”
This type of demonstration is technically legal as the protestors were not yelling slogans. Apparently actually speaking your beliefs is a real crime. (Let's remember to be grateful that we have Freedom of Speech here in the US.)
Sergei Kondrashov and Igor Kochetkov were arrested by police based on their alleged “propaganda of a homosexual nature.” They’ve since been released and are due in court on Monday.
The Moscow Times notes that under the new law that came into effect in March, “anyone found guilty of promoting homosexuality among minors can be fined from 5,000 ($170) to 50,000 rubles, or up to 500,000 rubles for legal entities.”
There’s no mention of the demonstrators specifically targeting their SILENT protest at children, but it looks like the Russian government is looking for any reason to thwart the dreaded gay agenda. (Because we're just so scary.)