2006-05-27 12:54:00

Gays plan two actions in Moscow Saturday

Moscow, May 27, Interfax - Gay activists will conduct two public actions in Moscow on Saturday, despite a ban imposed by the city government, Nikolay Alexeyev, the organizer of the event, told journalists at a press conference on Saturday.

The first part of the event will take place at Alexander's Garden outside the Kremlin at 2:30 p.m., where members of the Moscow gay community and guests from 20 countries, including the U.S., the Netherlands, and France, will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The second part of the event should take place near the monument to Yury Dolgoruky in front of the Moscow government building at 3:00 p.m., he said.

The laying of flowers at the Tomb should serve as a response "to the fascist politics provoked by some injudicious remarks by public officials," Alexeyev said.

"Our action is an act of civil will. We are calling on everyone who wants to come and lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to join us. We are not forcing anyone, but everyone can come and lay flowers together with us. This is a goodwill act," he said.

Moscow's Tverskoi Court on Thursday refused to permit the organization of a gay parade in Moscow, thus upholding a ban that the Moscow city government had imposed on these plans earlier.