Russia: Police detain around 25 gay rights activists in St Petersburg

Reuters
St Petersburg, Russia Published: Aug 04, 2018, 09:37 PM(IST)

A police officer takes away a flag from detained demonstrators during the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community rally in central St. Petersburg, Russia August 4, 2018. Photograph:( Reuters )

Russian police detained around 25 gay rights activists who took part in an unsanctioned rally in St Petersburg on Saturday.

A few dozen activists gathered at Palace Square on Saturday afternoon, defying a ban to hold the rally.

Organisers had said they would stage one-man protests to demand freedom of association after city authorities turned down their request to hold a parade.

Police detained campaigners who unfurled rainbow flags or held placards, dragging them into a police bus. There were no clashes between police and the activists.

Russia passed a law in 2013 banning the spreading of gay "propaganda."

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