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Moscow Mayor Vows To Ban 'Satanic' Gay Parade


http://gdb.rferl.org/140EA995-04CD-4501-944A-F2477A0DB740_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/140EA995-04CD-4501-944A-F2477A0DB740_mw800_mh600.jpg Police and antigay protesters broke up last year's attempted rally. (File photo) (RFE/RL) January 29, 2007 -- Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has said he will not allow a gay parade to be held in the Russian capital this year.


Luzhkov was quoted today as comparing such an event to a "satanic act."


The event's organizers said today they had filed an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.


They are asking for 20,000 euros ($25,845) in compensation for what they say is a violation of their freedom of assembly.


Luzkhov banned an attempt to hold the city's first gay and lesbian parade in 2006.


A group of gay rights activists tried to defy the ban, but their May rally was broken up by police, religious, and nationalist protesters.


(AFP, Interfax)

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