May 31, 2014 8:09 am

Moscow police detain 2 at gay pride demonstration

A man (L) takes away a rainbow flag as a policeman detain gay rights activists during their protest in central Moscow on May 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV

MOSCOW – Police in the Russian capital have detained two protesters who were holding an unsanctioned gay pride demonstration.

The demonstration took place Saturday across from the Moscow mayor’s office, a traditional site for the gay rights advocates to try to hold rallies.

Moscow authorities routinely deny gay groups’ applications for permission to hold rallies, generally arguing that they could lead to violence by opponents.

Animosity toward gays is widespread in Russia, even though homosexuality was decriminalized two decades ago.

There was no immediate information on whether the two protesters would be charged.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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