Russian Police Arrest Activists Protesting Chechnya's Gay Concentration Camps

Photo: Dave Frenkel (Twitter)

Russian police have reportedly rounded up and arrested a number of LGBT activists during a protest of the murder and anti-gay violence in Chechnya

The Independent reports:

The demonstration was held during a May Day march in St Petersburg, with a group of around 10 protesters arrested near the Anichkov Bridge in the centre of Russia’s second city.

Images shared on Twitter showed activists lying on the road  pretending to be dead, with fake blood smeared across their faces and covered with rainbow and Chechen flags.

Officers in riot gear were shown arresting protesters and dragging them to a police van.

A separate group of gay-rights protesters were detained with placards that called for the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, to be tried at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

One activist was taken away in an ambulance after he appeared to have fainted.

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports that Chechen authorities are currently using social networking sites to lure and trap gay men.

The Russian LGBT Network told Gay Star News:

"To this day, neither the Russian Investigative Committee nor the General Prosecutor’s Office reacted in any way to the reports of the criminal activities and Chechnya officials’ statements."

H/T: Gay Star News

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I am fortunate enough to be involved in Playwrights Sanctuary - a bicoastal playwritng program

endorsed by the late Edward Albee. In Manhattan Dr Larry Myers was sole protestor at the Russian consulate, Stonewall Inn downtown in the Village  even at Philadelphia' s

independence Hall.

Playwright Larry Myers new stage play " Silence + Accomplices/ Chechnya Secrets" will premiere in San Francisco.

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in NYC Playwright Larry Myers has garnered attention in New York Times op ed comments about his resistance theater arts. Dr Myers has penned a new stage work

"Silence = Accomplices/ Chechnya Secrets"

Additionally his PLAYWRIGHTS SANCTUARY will

mentor younger dramatists works in San Francisco this summer. Myers' rwm playwrights lab has supported PWAs & homeless gay youth.

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