Activists demonstrate in central Minsk on World Day Against Homophobia

2016 2016-05-17T15:49:30+0300 2016-05-17T15:49:54+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/gonaseksualy-piket-1.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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A picket near the US Embassy in Minsk. 17 May 2016

A picket near the US Embassy in Minsk. 17 May 2016

Several rights activists picketed today in central Minsk to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

They first handed out leaflets telling about the violations of the rights of LGBTI people, including discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The demonstrators then staged a picket near the US Embassy to express their solidarity with US citizens who were allowed to enter into same-sex marriages, after a decision by the US Supreme Court in June last year.

The picket, which lasted half an hour, was monitored by law-enforcement officers and people in civilian clothes, who captured the event on video. However, according to observers, the protesters were not detained or charged and were allowed to leave the site of the picket.

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