2010-05-17 13:56:00

Moscow gay pride parade organizers determined to hold action

Moscow, May 17, Interfax - The Moscow gay pride parade organizers have applied to hold the action on Myasnitskaya Street on May 29.

The applicants asked Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to permit the parade from 12:00 p.m. through until 2:00 p.m. local time, organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

"Up to 5,000 people wish to march down Myasnitskaya from the Moscow Central Post Office to Lubyanka Square," he said. "If the action is banned, the organizers will appeal to courts, up to the European Court for Human Rights."

"We are ready to negotiate with the Moscow administration, but we will appeal to court and organize street actions in case of another ban. We will hold the action regardless of the decision of the authorities," he said.

The organizers also informed the central administrative district prefect about three pickets due in Novopushkinsky Park, Tverskaya Square in front of the City Hall and near the European Commission delegation's office on Kadashevskaya Embankment.

Earlier reports said that the organizers were considering an action on premises of a foreign embassy. "We asked the ambassadors of EU member countries, Canada, the United States and Australia for permission to hold an action on embassy premises," Alexeyev said.

Gays in Russia have tried to organize official parades in downtown Moscow for the past few years, but City Hall has constantly turned down their requests. Unauthorized actions have been held instead, leading to the arrest of participants.