Video: Gays arrested in Moscow’s Red Square, singing national anthem

A group of Russian gay rights protesters were just arrested in Red Square in Moscow.

Raw video footage (see below) just posted online shows a small group of activists waving rainbow flags, the symbol of the gay rights movement, and singing the Russian national anthem, in Moscow’s famous Red Square, with Lenin’s Tomb as the backrop.

Such protests are illegal in Russia, especially after the passage last summer of a draconian anti-gay law that bans any speech or actions that might convince children that being gay is okay.

Thus, rainbows of all sorts are banned, if it’s perceived that the rainbow is somehow too gay (a local region nearly got into some trouble recently as its flag has a rainbow on it).  Quoting gay people in newspapers is also illegal, if the gay person days say anything to defend themselves.

All of this occurs as the 2014 Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia today.

In good news, none of the police appeared to be wearing Coca-Cola’s logo…. this time.

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