"Coming Out" Took Back Marsovo Pole
02.04.2017Today the law worked - we, activists of Coming Out LGBT Group, defended our right to freedom of assembly. We held a small rally at Marsovo Pole, St. Petersburg’s Hyde Park, to understand how the police will behave in light of the fact that in 2016, no LGBT street action was allowed to proceed.
The response of the city’s authorities to our notice about the action was ambiguous (as always). We were told that a mass cultural event would be held at Marsovo Pole at the same time. But was it a ban?
The court decided - the Committee's response is not a ban. The police, the “National Liberation Movement”, the vigilante groups and provocateurs were waiting for us on Marsovo Pole. But we had the decision of the court and the letter from the police about the unlawfulness of last year’s arrests in our hands, and we knew that we had the right to be there.
The action completed successfully. We wanted to test the response of the police, whether they would act within the law. There were no detentions. Such a result is important not only for LGBT activists, but for all citizens of the city.
On to our traditional annual rally for May 17, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, which will be held on Marsovo Pole. We hope that now again we will have the opportunity to hold our rally in safety from attacks and from the police arrests.
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