28 May '11, 10pm

Pictures: Dozens detained at violent Moscow gay rally

Pictures: Dozens detained at violent Moscow gay rally

Russian police officers, including a plain clothed officer at left, detain an unidentified gay rights activist during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow, Russia. -- PHOTO: AP MOSCOW - MOSCOW police on Saturday detained three prominent global gay rights leaders as violence broke out at an unprecedented rally that activists tried to stage near the Kremlin wall. Dozens of protesters - waving rainbow flags and some carrying signs reading 'Russia is not Iran' - were attacked during the unsanctioned event by members of an ultra-Orthodox group who had gathered near the Kremlin in anticipation. An AFP correspondent saw the police then move in and violently wrestle both activists and members of the religious group to the ground before leading them off in handcuffs to waiting security vans. Those detained included the renowned US gay rights activists Dan Choi and Andy T...

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