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Slovenia, the country which is currently chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (which Russia is a member of), is expressing concern over the violent break up of the Slavic Gay Pride parade in Moscow on Saturday, the Slovenia news agency STA is reporting. Slovenia took over the chairmanship just five days ago.
全く驚くべきことだ。サンクトペテルスブルグからモスクワに駆けつけたアクティヴィストの弁護士Dmitri Bartnevは、警察署に拘留されている(アクティヴィストたちの)誰とも面会を拒否された。２時間待って、 Bartnev氏はわずかの間2,3人の依頼人に、かれらがそれぞれ２名の警官に連れられて警察署から連れ出され隣の裁判所に連れて行かれたとき、話しかけることができた。ニコライ・アレクセイエフは、法廷に連れてゆかれた人々の中にいた。裁判官が同時に法廷に入り、外に集まったアクティビストたちは誰も法廷に入ることを許されなかった。
Quite astonishing going-on. Dmitri Bartnev, the activists lawyer who flew to Moscow from St. Petersburg, was denied access to any of those detained in the police station. After a two-hour wait, Mr. Bartnev was able to briefly speak to a couple of his clients when they were brought out of the police station, each secourted by two policemen, and taken to the courthouse next door. Nikolai Alekseev was among those taken into court. The judge entered the building at the same time and forbade any of the activists who gathered outside to enter the courthouse.
Leader of the Belarus activists Sergey Androsenko has now confirmed that all Belarussians have been released from police custody. Nikolai Baev and Nikolai Alekseev are among the six people known to still be in custody. The could be held until Monday as they have been told they are to be charged with disobeying police orders and face up to 15 days in jail if convicted.
German MP Volker Beck has confirmed that he as asked the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to request an explanation from the Russian Government on the arrests at the peacefull Gay Pride rally. Mr. Beck is a veteran of Gay Prides in Moscow and has had fisrt-hand experience of the police. He is following events in Moscow from his home in Germany.
23:30: Reports in the Russian media that all those arrested at Slavic Gay Pride have now been released appear not to be true. Six are known to still be in police custody. It is not known the position of the Belarussians who were detained.
The Manchester Evening News (UK) has a reporter, Peter Devine, in Moscow covering Eurovision. This evening, he wrote a scathing commentary on "the disgraceful scenes on the streets of Moscow today, as the capital embraces a music contest, has no place in civilised society and the very people who need to be say it, stood by today and meekly allowed a harmless parade of gay people to be broken up by a military style government, that will see their almost collective silence as confirmation to trample on their very rights next week".
An appeal has gone out to Western reporters and politicians to help the Belarusians who have been detained by Moscow police. The Embassy is refusing to help them. They are said to be facing deportation from Russia. Officials at the Belarusian Embassy have confirmed that they are not giving assistance to those who took part in Slavic Gay Pride.
A lot of confusion at the Raminskoye Police Station. One gay activist arrested was sent to court where he was judged to be innocent. He was then frogmarched by the police back to the station, and put back in the cells. Russian and Belarusian detainees have been put in separate cells. Their shoelaces, belts and mobile phone taken off them. There is still no information on Nikolai Alekseev after he was taken to the police station.
A total of 31 Russian and Belarusian LGBT activists, arrested at lunchtime when taking part in Slavic Gay Pride, are still being held by the police. The have been in custody for more than three hours and police have yet to officially charge them. There are claimes that the police are now acting illegally by detaining the activists.
Who said that hard-nosed journalist don't have a heart? Food and water is being taken to the Raminskoye Police Station, when those arrested are being detained, by not only other activists who escaped detention, but also by journalists. Those arrested are being interviewed by the police usinig video cameras.
American activist Andy Thayer has been released from police custody. Only one Russian acticvist has been released so far - she said she told the police she is a journalist.
Has Inspector Clouseau joined the Moscow Police? French TV has footage of the arrest of Nikolai Alekseev by the anti-riot police who ask him for his passport. Alekseev asks them in return to show him their police identity card. The police refuse. Then, five policemen brutally jumped on him arresting him and taking him by the legs and arms. Alekseev was not waiving flags or taking part in 'the other action'. In fact. he was walking on the pavement dressed in a suit - with a bride in a wedding dress! They were walking in this garden where young married couples come after the wedding ceremony. His arrest appear to be clearly illegal. French TV has an exclusive audio recording of Alekseev while he was in the police van - because they had given him a radio microphone ...
Austrian Television (ORF) post raw news footage of some of the arrests
Reports say that Andy Theyer is still in police custody. It appear that Peter Tatchell is one of the few activists released. He is currently 'doing the rounds' with the media. There is no news on Nikolai Alekseev
Belarusian Embassy in Moscow has refused to give assistance to the Belarusian agay activists who were detained by police. Peter Tatchell is safe and has been released. He has confirmed the violent tactics ujsed by the police.
Amid the confusion over who was arrested, it is confirmed that Andy Thayer, the American gay rights activist is in police custody.
スラヴィック・ゲイ・プライド実行委員会は、ユーロビジョンに責任を持つ欧州放送連盟European Brodcasting Unionに、プライド・パレードの平和的な参加者に対して警察が振るった暴力の記録を今日の夕方のユーロビジョン決勝のテレビ放送の間に放送してくれるよう呼びかけた。プライドのオーガナイザーたちは、今日の午後モスクワで見られた人権に対する暴力を、TVは棚上げにすることはできない、と語った。
The organising committee of the Slavic Gay Pride is calling on the European Brodcasting Union, who are responsible for the Eurovision Song Contest, to show footage of the violence used by the police against the peaceful participants of Pride during this evening's telecast of the Eurovision Final. Organisers say that television should not put to one side the human rights violations seen in Moscow this afternoon.
All activists have now been arrested - about 40 in all. Arrests were made while giving interviews to the media. Journalists are still at the scene. All activists have been arrested while giving interviews. Western diplomats are watching the situation.
Nikolai Alekseev is brutally arrested in front of 35 journalists.
20 LGBT arrested by anti-riot police while they were marching in the direction of the Moscow State University. They pulled out flags and crowd of jouirnalists followed them. Police to immeditaely arrested them. Peter Tatchell among the first to be arrested.
The time has come! The attempt to stage Slavic Gay Pride is about to begin. Crowd of media and police is already at the places. Representatives of French, German, Finnish, UK, US and Dutch embassies are at the spot monitoring the situation ,ready to grant assistance to their nationals.
ユーロビジョンでSir Terry Woganに替わってBBC放送の「フロントマン」を務めているオープンリー・ゲイのグラハム・ノートンGraham Nortonは、昨日ガーディアン紙に自分はスラヴ・プライドへの熱狂的興奮のことを知らなかったと語った。「とても悪いと思う。だが、自分はこれ［プライド］のことを何も知らない」彼はガーディアン紙に語った。英国のエントリーの作曲家、アンドリュー・ロイド・ウェーバーは、なぜパレードが弾圧されていたのか分からない、困惑させられているとガーディアン紙に語った。「安全に行わなうべきものだと思う。私は本当に知らないが」
Openly gay Graham Norton, who is the BBC'c 'front-man' for the Eurovision Song Contest, replacing Sir Terry Wogan, told the UK Guardian yesterday that he was unaware of the furore over Slavic Gay Pride. "I feel really bad but I don't know anything about this," he told the newspaper. The composer of the UK entry, Andrew Lloyd Webber, told the Guardian he was baffled, saying he had no idea why the march had been banned. "It must be something to do with security. I really don't know."
"We will be on the front of the march with our accreditation risking to be beaten," said Bruno Berberes of the French delegation to the Eurovision Song Contest. "We support the Gay Pride and the Eurovision is a competition which is well liked by gays around the world. We will demonstrate in front of the police."
Speaking from his 'secret hideaway' somewhere in Moscow, the chief Slavic Gay Pride organiser, Nikolai Alekseev, declared: "Everyone is very excited about tomorrow and more than ever ready to go in the street despite the threats reported by the Moscow police tonight. It is just hard to believe that despite we are organizing the action for the 4th time, we have this year 55 activists from several regions of Russia and Belarus who checked in for the event and who since thursday are just working on it and who more than everything want to march tomorrow. For the forth time, we are just showing to Russian that gays and lesbians are not cowards and that they are not scared to march for their rights. And looking at the high number of reports in the Russian media, the message is delivered!"
It emerged this evening that the Embassies of Finland, Germany, Netherlands, France, United States and United Kingdom have all told the Slavic Gay Pride organis that they will be monitoring the Pride to check any abuse or use of force against peacefull demonstrators.
Organisers of Slavic Gay Pride are in "secured locations". In case of arrest of one one of them, another one will take the lead. It's all like something out of a James Bond movie with each organiser having several telephone numbers and usikng codes. It is known that the police azre looking to prevent the event at any cost, bujt their efforts to put the organisers 'out of circulation' have so far miserably failed. There was a 'dress rehersal' at Moscow Pride last year when the cops were out-witted - and a gay pride march, albeit of some 200 meters, was staged.
While the Eurovision Song Contest is a massive ratings 'banker' for the BBC, one of the four broadcasters who provide most of the competition's finance, 'Auntie' has hardly breathed a word to British audiences about the shennigans over Slavic Gay Pride, though there was an article on the BBC Website yesterday afternoon. It's not the case for BBC World Service listeners across the world, BBCWS Website has a three-and-a-half minute audio report available ...
If Russia was hopeing that Eurovision would enhance its international image after it became tarnished following the Georgia incident, then perhaps the powers that be have miscalculated. The world's media is making a considerable play on how the Mayor of Moscow has banned the Slavic Gay Pride parade (as he has done for the previous three years) scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. And it;s not just the world's popula media giving the coverage. Bloomberg, the mainly financial Television TV station and Website is also combining the two Saturday 'events' in Moscow. In a report earlier today, Peter Tatchell is quoted: “It’s bizarre that Russia is prepared to host a song contest, yet it won’t allow a brief and peaceful gay pride parade.
19歳のゲイ・アクティヴィストSergey Yeniは、自分だけが3日前にモスクワのスラヴ・プライドに参加するためにベラルーシからやってくることを決めた、と語っている。そしてこの決意は実行された、と彼は言う。プライドは実現しないかもしれないと知りながら、「プライド参加者は殴られに行こうとしている」という事実には言及せずに。なぜと訊ねられて、10代の若者は語った「なぜなら、これは本当に私の戦いだから。私がプライド・パレードに行かなければ、誰が行く？私がここに来た理由は、友人たちを支えるため、そしてもちろん、同性愛者の権利を支えるためだ」。シカゴのゲイ・アクティヴィストAndy Baevが伝えた。
Nineteen-year-old gay activist strong>Sergey Yeni has said that he only made the decision to travel from Belarus to attend Slavic Gay Pride in Moscow three days ago. And the deccision was made, he said, knowing that the Pride might not take place, not to mention the fact that "Pride participants are going to be beaten". The teenager said, when asked why: "Because this is my fight really. If I don't go to the pride parade, who will go there? My reasons to come was to support my friends and of course to support gay rights." Report by Chicago gay activist Andy Baev.
The Danish singer in Eurovision Song Contest, Niels Brinck, has said that he will probably say something about the whole gay parade ordeal from the stage at tomorrow's final, the Copenhagen daily Berlingske Tidende reports.
Slavic Pride organisers are reported to be in hiding at "secret location" as police try to track them down and make arrest.. With the organisers is Peter Tatchell who described the situation as "surreal"
According to daily paper Moskovski Komsomolets (MK), moscow police is planing the arrest of the Moscow Pride leader Nikolai Alekseev today.
Peter Tatchell arrived in Moscow last night. Despite reports that he might be banned from entering the country, he was treated courteously at immingration. And at last night's Slavic Pride conference, Tatchell was given an award to mark his third visit to Moscow to attend a Pride.
かの権威あるワシントン・ポスト社の『Foreign Policy』さえ、今週はモスクワに注目している。主要記事「モスクワはゲイ・ライツ運動との対決を準備している」http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/05/13/moscow_prepares_for_gay_rights_showdownで、Joshua Keatingは次のように書いている。「もしロシアが世界で最もキッチュなソング・コンテストを…同性愛者のファンたちが宗教的に偏狭な暴漢たちに身の安全を脅かされることがないように主催できないのだとしたら、2014年のオリンピックはどんなことになるだろう？」
Even the august Washishington Post subsidiary Foreign Policy is keeping an eye on Moscow this week. Under the headline Moscow Prepares for Gay Rights Showdown, Joshua Keating writes: "If Russia can't even host the world's kitschiest song contest without ... gay fans fearing for their safety from bigoted thugs, what are the 2014 Olympics going to be like?"
The internationally-known Russian girl pop duo t.A.T.u. will be appearing in Saturday's Eurovision final telecast, along with the Alexandrov Ensemble of the Russian Armed Forces. Often described a "scandalous" for the projection of a lesbian image, the girls made a brief, but poingniant apperarance in the banned Moscow Gay Pride in 2007. But the appearance of t.A.T.u is the only official Eurovision 'nod' to the LGBT community. "The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) would be able to insist that the Moscow authorities allow our Pride," one gay Russian commented. "But nothing - only the Netherlands have so far publicliy supported the Pride." The broadcasters from France, Germany, Spain and UK, who largely bankroll the Eurovision Song Contest (and have automatic entry into the final) have made no public comment so far.
The openly gay member of the Netherlands entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, Gordon, has said that he will be wearing a Russian gay movement pin on his glittery costume during Thursday’s semi-final live telecast performance of Shine by the vocal trio Toppers. . He also said he will join Saturday's Gay Pride 'March' if the group fails to make it to the final. At the weekend, he said that if Toppers make it to Saturday's final and the Gay Pride event planned for the afternoon is banned he would refuse to perform and take the flight back to Amsterdam in protest. The other two in the trio, Jeroen van der Boom and Rene Froge, said at the weekend they would make their decision tomorrow following the semi-final.
The Netherlands could well "black-out" the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday. A report in the Dutch newspaper AD says that public service broadcaster NOS has decided it will withdraw the Dutch entry and may take the whole competition off-air if the authorities use force to prevent the Slavic Gay Pride from taking place in Moscow.
is backing the Mayor of Moscow's ban of Baltic Pride, Interfax reports this morning. The Union calls the plan to hold the rally a "provocation by Russia's adversaries" and say that if it goes ahead it will give an "offensive image of Moscow by using mentally impaired people..."
Last night, the attention turned from the controversy around the Slavic Pride, to the Eurovision Song Contest itself. It was the first semi-final - and ten countries emerged to go through to Saturday's final. Second semi-final is on Thursday when another 10 countries will go forward to the final, with 25 participating countries. Five countries, Russia (the host country), France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, automatically qualify. Go to the OFFICIAL EUROVISION WEBSITE for details of the first semi-final - and videos.