2010-05-17 10:52:00

Minsk police disperse banned gay rally

Minsk, May 17, Interfax - Representatives of sexual minorities in Minsk were prevented by police from holding an unauthorized rally, head of the GayRussia human rights project and co-organizer of the 2010 Slavic Gay Pride Parade Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax on Saturday.

"Police officers dispersed our rally that we tried to conduct in Minsk. We were allowed to walk about 300 with a 14-meter rainbow flag before police dispersed the rally," Alexeyev said.

Byelorussian gay leader Sergey Androsenko has been detained.

"There have been reports that more than 15 skinheads were held in Minsk after they tried to thwart the rally of sexual minorities," he added.

Minsk police declined to comment and would confirm only that they foiled an attempt by sexual minorities to hold a rally banned by the city authorities a day earlier.

About ten participants of the total of about fifteen have been detained, police said.