2007-05-28 10:40:00

Gay parade opponent accused of beating up a foreigner

Moscow, May 28, Interfax - An opponent of an unauthorized gay parade, which one attempted to stage near the monument to Yury Dolgoruky in downtown Moscow, has beaten up a British citizen. Criminal charges were brought against him.

"A young man detained by police officers near the building of the Moscow City Hall is accused of inflicting bodily injuries (Article 116 of the Russian Criminal Code)," a source in Moscow law enforcement agencies told Interfax.

The detained attacked the British during the action in support of homosexuals.

According to specified information, 16 people detained during the action have stayed at the Tverskoye and Presnenskoye precincts. A total 15 of them are accused of violating the rules of holding rallies and marches and the traffic rules; criminal charges were brought against one of them.

The exact number of detained has remained unknown, the source said.