2013-05-27 10:01:00

About 45 detained during gay-homophobe punch-up in Moscow

Moscow, May 27, Interfax - Gay rights activists came to blows with homophobes in Moscow's so-called "Hyde Park" on Saturday, with about 15 people being detained by police, a spokesman for the city police authority said.

All the detainees were taken to police stations, the spokesman told Interfax.

"Hyde Park" is an area near Moscow's Gorky Park.

There were other arrests on Saturday during an abortive gay rights parade in the center of the Russian capital that had not been permitted by the city administration.

"About 30 followers and opponents of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender [LGBT] movement have been detained in the city center for various violations of public order, including an attempt to hold an unsanctioned event," a spokesman for the city police authority told Interfax.