LGBT Rally In St. Petersburg Ends With Arrests And Violence

Police detain 67 people after fights broke out resulting from an anti-gay protestor tearing up a rainbow flag. posted on

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Gay rights activists kiss as they are detained by police officers during a gay rights protest in St. Petersburg October 12, 2013.

St. Petersburg police arrested 67 people Saturday after a scuffle broke out between LGBT activists and anti-gay protestors, reports RIA Novosti.

The AP says that fighting began between the dozens of LGBT supporters and almost 200 anti-gay religious activists after “anti-gay protesters tore a rainbow flag out of a woman’s hands.” Police arrested members of both sides of the protest.

The protest, which was being held against St. Petersburg’s anti-homosexual propaganda laws and in honor of National Coming Out Day, took place in The Field of Mars, which RIA Novosti describes as a normally safe protest space or “Russia’s Hyde Park.”

Some photos from the protest below.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

Anti-gay protesters dressed in cossack uniforms form a human chain as they try to prevent gay rights activists from staging a protest in St. Petersburg October 12, 2013.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

A gay rights activist shouts during a gay rights protest in St. Petersburg October 12, 2013.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

Police detain an anti-gay protester who took part in a gathering to prevent gay rights activists from staging a protest in St. Petersburg October 12, 2013.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

Police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in St. Petersburg October 12, 2013.

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