Protesters around the globe rally against Russian anti-gay law
Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 01:46
Aug. 11 - Thousands of demonstrators across the world protest against a Russian law that makes it illegal to hold gay parades or speak to children about homosexuality. Sarah Toms reports.
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STORY: Thousands turned out in demonstrations across the world, calling for an end to a Russian anti-gay propaganda law. In London, hundreds of people marched near Downing Street, clutching banners and rainbow flags. Critics say the law bans gay rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals. The bill along with a ban on adoptions of children by same-sex couples, are part of a more conservative policy President Vladimir Putin has been following since his return to the Kremlin last year. Comedian Stephen Fry is calling on athletes to stay away from next year's Winter olympics in Russia. But if not he wants British athletes to show a gesture of support for gays. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH COMEDIAN, STEPHEN FRY, SAYING: "So that in every stadium, when anybody gets a medal, the decent athletes, whether they're gay or straight, I'm sure most of them are straight because most people are, but most people are also perfectly sympathetic with the horrific things that are going on, the daily suicides, the beatings, the horror that's going on amongst the young gay people of Russia. They just need to show some form of solidarity at the games, because the games are going to happen. They can't chop their arms off before you get into the Olympic village, so just do that (crossing his arms to form an X)." In Glasgow, it was also a royal turnout with thousands of demonstrators. And here in Israel, outside the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv protesters called for an end to discrimination. This Israeli bartender said his bar had joined the international boycott of Russian-made products. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARTENDER, IMRI CALMAN, SAYING: "We decided not to sell anymore any products that come from Russia, we don't buy it and we don't sell it, also to say to our, to the people that bring us the alcohol, and also to our customers, that we are not participating in Russia's new rules." But the international condemnation has not changed many minds in Russia where homosexuals are often attacked and support for the law remains high.
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