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8 gay right activist arrested in attempts to hold rally in St. Petersburg

Police officers detain 8 gay right activist inlcuding Yury Gavrikov in St. Petersburg, Russia for holding an unsanctioned protest rally against a law of prohibition of homosexuality propaganda.

The Associates Press reports:

Russian police have broken up attempts to hold two gay rights rallies in St. Petersburg, which this spring adopted a law against spreading ?homosexual propaganda.?

Three rally organizers were arrested Saturday at a park in Russia?s second city, and five others were detained at a later rally attempt near the landmark Smolny complex, Russian news agencies reported.

Only six people showed up for the second rally, and the three arrested at the first attempt were the only participants.

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