Peter Tatchell attacked in Moscow – please write and complain
“I’m not deterred one iota from coming back to protest in Moscow,” Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk from Moscow, just hours after he was attacked by suspected neo-Nazis and then arrested by the Russian riot police the OMON. “Gay Russians need overseas support to protect them against state and neo-Nazi violence.”
Peter was a guest speaker at our March meeting in Colchester. He was just one of many who were assaulted while attempting a Gay Pride march through Moscow to assert gay rights on Sunday 27 May. The marchers included MEPs and Richard Fairbrass of the pop group ‘Right Said Fred’. They were aiming to deliver a petition to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, demanding the right to stage public marches. The mayor has said he’ll never allow a gay rights parade in the city, describing gays as “satanic”. The attackers were mainly neo-Nazis and members of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Peter has appealed for complaints to be made to Russian ambassadors concerning the brutal attacks on peaceful demonstrators and the deplorable lack of police protection in Moscow yesterday. He also suggests that local MPs be asked to complain. Complaints should be sent to:
His Excellency Yury Fedotov
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