2010-11-03 12:22:00

Gay activists attack Orthodox protesters in Moscow

Moscow, November 3, Interfax - A group of male gay rights activists attacked members of the Orthodox youth movement Georgievtsy! outside the Council of Europe office in Moscow, who gathered against the European Court of Human Rights ruling declaring Russia's ban on gay pride marches illegal.

The Orthodox protesters have rallied outside the Council of Europe office since October 22, the day after the European court fined Russia for banning gay parades.

The attack occurred as the protesters were heading to the site on Tuesday evening.

The gay rights activists shouted, "Gay pride parade will happen in Moscow!" and "Freedom to gays," a Georgievtsy spokesperson told Interfax-Religion.

The attackers eventually fled after hitting some of the youth activists, with one injured in the head, who had to seek medical assistance. The incident was reported to the police.