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17 Gay Rights Activists Arrested By Russian Police At May Day Rally

Seventeen gay rights activists were arrested while trying to unfurl rainbow flags at rally in St Petersburg.

Reuters reports:

Russian police detained at least 17 gay rights demonstrators during May Day celebrations in St Petersburg on Tuesday, a rights group said.

The detentions follow the adoption of a law by the city authorities which imposes fines for spreading gay “propaganda” among minors, which European diplomats have said lacks clarity and allows too much room for interpretation by police.

Russian lawmakers are considering similar legislation nationwide.

Svetlana Barsukova, a member of St Petersburg-based homosexual rights group “Coming Out”, said various groups of gay rights activists had been detained in different parts of the city after trying to unfurl rainbow flags.

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