2011-05-30 12:42:00

Over 60 detained in relation to Saturday gay actions in Moscow (updated)

Moscow, May 30, Interfax - Over 60 people were detained in Moscow on Saturday during an attempted gay parade and a protest against it, a source in law enforcement told Interfax.

"About 350 people gathered at noon in Manezhnaya Square and at 1 p.m. in Tverskaya Square, 230 of them reporters, to hold a gay parade banned by the authorities. Also 27 people tried to stage an unauthorized picket in protest against such parades in Pushkinskaya Square at 4 p.m.," the source said.

The police foiled these actions. A total of 61 persons were detained and acts of administrative offenses were issued with regard to 12 of them.

Interfax has not obtained official confirmation of this information yet.

Earlier reports spoke of 34 detainees.