30 May '11, 1am

US voices concern over Moscow's violent end to gay pride parade, calls on Russia to safeguard 'fundamental freedoms'

US voices concern over Moscow's violent end to gay pride parade, calls on Russia to safeguard 'fundamental freedoms'

Russian police officers, including a plain clothed officer at left, detain gay rights activist Daniel Choi during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow, Russia. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - THE United States voiced 'concern' on Sunday over the violent end to a gay rights rally in Moscow, and called on Russian authorities to better safeguard 'fundamental freedoms' of assembly. 'We note with concern... that a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians, joined by international supporters, was forcefully disrupted by counter-protesters, and that Russian security forces then detained people from both groups,' US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. Russian security forces had also detained American citizens at the march, Mr Toner noted. 'We call on Russian authorities to work with municipal officials to find b...

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