2009-04-30 18:17:00

Protest against gay parade planned for Eurovision final held in downtown Moscow

Moscow, April 30, Interfax – On Thursday afternoon, a small group of Orthodox young people have gathered in the Novopushkinsky public garden in downtown Moscow to protest against conducting a gay parade in the Russian capital on the Eurovision final day, May 16.

An Interfax correspondent has reported that about a dozen of young people with slogans Say NO to Moscow gay parade! urge passers-by to sign an appeal to Mayor Yury Luzhkov in order to prevent “any social events with street marches held by sexual minorities, including those planned for May 16, 2009.”

“They (gay parade activists - IF) in fact issued an ultimatum based on false identification of Eurovision song contest with such immoral marches, which contradict our spiritual values and insult our national and religious feelings,” the participants in the action say in their address.

According to them, “extremely dangerous and harmful experience of some western countries that have such actions legalized are unacceptable for the majority of our society based on traditional family values.”

The participants in the action, representatives of Orthodox youth organizations of Moscow, consider gay parade socially dangerous and believe that “it threatens morality and health of society and may have direct negative consequences for security and state in general.”

They are also distributing leaflets Say NO to spiritual terrorism! signed “Orthodox front.”