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Gay and human rights activists demand that Yabloko apologize for homophobic remarks

June 1 2006

The leader of the movement "Russian Radicals" Nicholas Temples condemns vice-chairman of the Yabloko party, "Sergei Mitrokhin of" unacceptable for a democratic and liberal policy "statement.

"I do not know what was guided by one of the leaders of the Russian Democratic Party: a natural for the deputy pocket Luzhkov of Moscow City Council desire to" otmazatsya "his boss, the desire to please a certain portion of the electorate, or personal visceral homophobia. But one thing is certain: this statement is totally unacceptable for a democratic and liberal policy nature ", - said Nikolai Temples .

It is a statement of the Chairman of the Moscow branch of the party " Yabloko "and the Moscow City Duma Deputy Sergei Mitrokhin , in which he called an attempt to hold a gay pride parade a provocation of people seeking to amass political capital on this. "Rather than condemn the unprecedented and brazen lawlessness (in fact - Criminal crime) committed by the Moscow mayor to ban the demonstration of the civil rights of gays and lesbians in spite of all Russian laws, Mitrokhin - actually the second person in the "Apple" - found it possible to fall on the organizers and participants of the banned a gay parade, "- said in a statement, Nicholas Khramova.

According to human rights, "if the Russian Democratic Party Yabloko at least a small degree values its reputation as a democratic, liberal and green parties and human rights, it should immediately distance themselves from the outrageous and scandalous statements of its functionaries." "As for the Mr. Mitrokhin, then I would strongly recommend him as soon as possible to publicly apologize to the organizers and participants in demonstrations for civil rights and human dignity of gays and lesbians. Including - in front of Member of the Bundestag Volker Beck (Volker Beck), beaten and arrested in the streets, a parliamentarian who is Mr. Mitrokhin ", - says Nikolay Temples.

With criticism of the Democrats acted and well-known journalist Evgenia Albats . In his article, "Make a fool to pray to God ..." , published in the Daily Journal, " she writes: "I did not find any mention in the media that anyone of the leaders of democratic parties and human rights organizations have come to Tverskaya Street, in order - no does not protect gays, and protect the right of citizens to be different, including - others. Neither then nor later did not find a single statement the Yabloko party, or SPS, or the United Civil Front, or an independent deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov, or leaders of the People Democratic Union Mikhail Kasyanov and I. Hakamada, condemning what happened in Moscow . or require special explanation, that human rights are not divisible by the right of heterosexuals and homosexuals? Or, for our democratic news that the protection of minority rights - all - a required element of democratic politics and what, in fact, their in this case differs from the current government? That they utter the right words about freedom, democracy, liberal values?Meanwhile, freedom of assembly, freedom and equality of public associations, the separation of church and state, the right of citizens to protect their privacy from interference by the state or anyone else the right to profess any views that do not contradict the Russian Constitution - these are the most liberal values that our democratic politicians swear non-stop to protect. "

In addition, previously head of the French Communist Party accused the Russian communist leader Gennady Zyuganov for homophobic statements which have nothing to do with communist ideology. "For the European communists - this is nonsense: to be a communist and homophobic at the same time - as it is peculiar to the Communist Party," - said the head of the French Communist Party Richard Sanchez.

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