Moscow Gay Rights Activists Arrested After Bloody Melee
Activists were petitioning for the right to hold a gay-pride parade
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2007 7:06 AM CDT
Gay rights activists demonstrate in downtown Moscow.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Gay-rights protesters petitioning the mayor of Moscow to lift the ban on gay-pride parades  yesterday were punched and kicked by anti-gay extremists shouting "death to homosexuals."  About 20 protesters were detained by police.

The attackers were said to be nationalists and Russian Orthodox extremists; one told Reuters they were protecting Moscow, a "holy city for all Russians," from "satanic" homosexuals. Richard Fairbrass, of the British pop band Right Said Fred, was punched in the face and kicked while being interviewed by Reuters.