2010-05-13 15:53:00

Minsk gay pride parade supporters denied picket near Byelorussian embassy

Moscow, May 13, Interfax - The Moscow central district prefecture did not allow a picket near the Byelorussian embassy, which was supposed to protest against the ban on a gay pride parade in Minsk.

"The Moscow central district prefecture turned down on Wednesday the request of public and political activists to hold a picket near the Byelorussian embassy in Moscow. They wanted to protest against the ban on the Slavic gay pride parade in Minsk," parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax on Thursday.

The prefecture said "there were no appropriate conditions for holding the picket near the embassy," he said.

"That is not true because plenty of political and public organizations have organized numerous pickets near the embassy in recent years," Alexeyev said.

He said they would appeal to court and might even turn to the European Court of Human Rights.

Instead of holding the picket, the organizers will present their protest to the Byelorussian ambassador, Alexeyev said.

"We will come to the Byelorussian embassy to present our protest. We would like to warn Moscow authorities and police against illegal actions and unfounded violence against the civilians, who will be presenting the letter," he noted.

The letter is addressed to Byelorussian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Minsk authorities banned the gay pride parade because of "the absence of appropriate conditions," according to Alexeyev.