Protesters poured fake blood on an Olympic flag and chanted “The complete globe is seeing, Sochi is a rip-off” outside the house the Russian Consulate in New York Metropolis on Thursday, in protest towards Russia’s gay insurance policies.
Protesters timed their march on on the very first working day of Olympic Video games in Sochi, and demanded the International Olympic Committee and the Games’ sponsors not assistance the event held in a country that handed anti-gay laws in the past 12 months.
“I assume it is terrible the guidelines that have been handed in Russia that are anti-gay and lesbian and however it is you know sparked a large amount of violence towards the gay and lesbian community,” protester Fred Anguera stated.
“The heterosexual community is acting like gay persons just fell out of the sky and are just you know immoral terrible persons and it is genuinely unlucky,” he continued.
A member of Queer Country, a gay activist group that rallied on Thursday, Ken Kidd stated “It can be now or never time now is the very first working day of the Olympics. The complete globe is seeing, we are here to tell Vladmir Putin that you can not hide a pogrom guiding the athletics web page.”
“We have taken our concept to the IOC, we’ve explained to them that their charter totally suggests precisely the reverse of this region. We have taken our concept to McDonalds and Coke and the other sponsors to say that they can not converse about equality and at the exact time assistance Putin’s human legal rights atrocities,” Kidd stated.
In June 2013, the Russian parliament handed a contentious legislation banning the “propaganda of non-common sexual relations to minors.”
The legislation stirred up controversy abroad, and Russian President Vladimir Putin had place limits on the suitable to protest in the make-up to the Olympic Video games in Sochi.
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