“Anti-gay law” protest turns violent as Orthodox activists intervene



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1. Close-up of two women kissing in front of State Duma, shot pans to two men kissing
2. Mid of gay activists being beaten by Orthodox activists, surrounded by journalists
3. Wide of a gay activist holding up banner
4. Mid of banner reading: (Russian) “Together against homophobia, violence, discrimination, for equal rights;” inside a pink triangle is the crossed out number of the draft law against “homosexual propaganda” that has been submitted to the State Duma
5. Mid of Orthodox and gay activists fighting near one of the Duma entrances
6. Zoom out of orthodox activist dragging a female LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist on the ground, then stepping aside
7. Low angle shot of gay activists standing in line in front of the Duma, gay man with bloodied nose walking across
8. Close-up of man wiping bloodied nose, standing under sign reading: (Russian) “State Duma”
9. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Elena Kostyuchenko, Gay rights campaigner and journalist with the newspaper Novaya Gazeta:
“For the Russian LGBT community, (the anti-gay law) means going underground. The thing is that the law absolutely does not define what ‘gay propaganda’ is, and the reasons are understandable because there is no gay propaganda. In that connection any information, as it’s written in the law, about non-traditional marital relations is considered propaganda.”
10. Mid of activist from the Equality March gay rights group holding sign reading: (Russian) “Homophobia is the enemy of the working (class). Together against division, for democracy and social benefits!”
11. Wide of two gay activists trying to take the banner from an Orthodox activist, then scuffle
12. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Oleg (only name given), Orthodox activist:
“Moscow is not Sodom. We are here to support normal people, healthy (people) that want to create stable, Orthodox families, raise (their children) in the spirit of Orthodox traditions, brotherhood, popular unity.”
13. Mid of Orthodox activists being put into back of police vehicle
14. Wide exterior of the State Duma
15. Mid of flag on roof
STORYLINE
Skirmishes broke out between gay rights campaigners and Orthodox activists outside the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, on Tuesday, during a rally by the gay community to protest against a planned law banning “gay propaganda.”
Russia’s Parliament is considering a federal law that makes public events and dissemination of information on the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to minors punishable by fines of up to 16,000 US dollars.
Officials and Russia’s dominant Orthodox Church have hailed the law, and militant Orthodox activists have for years dispersed gay rallies and attempts to hold gay pride days.
On Tuesday about a dozen gay rights activists had been protesting against the law by kissing outside the State Duma, when at least a dozen young men were said to have assaulted them, taking away and tearing down their posters and shouting obscenities.
The Orthodox activists were rounded up and seen being led away to a police car.
Gay rights campaigner Elena Kostyuchenko said that if adopted, the law will drive Russia’s LGBT community “underground.”
“The thing is that the law absolutely does not define what ‘gay propaganda’ is, and the reasons are understandable because there is no gay propaganda,” said Kostyuchenko, who writes for Russia’s leading independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.
“In that connection any information, as it’s written in the law, about non-traditional marital relations is considered propaganda.”
Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, but homophobia remains strong.


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