Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The West's Concept Of 'Democracy And Freedom' Challenged By Eurasian Civic And Religious Fundamentalists And Neo-Fascist And Neo-Communist Skinheads

MOSCOW (Reuters) - "Moscow's influential mayor said on Tuesday the city banned gay activists from holding a parade because it is morally cleaner than the West, which is caught up in "mad licentiousness".

The gay activists tried to hold their protest against homophobia and discrimination at the weekend despite the ban, but were detained by police, abused by militant Christians and attacked by neo-fascists.

They had wanted to lay flowers at the grave of the unknown warrior, a monument to those who died defeating Nazi Germany, but police blocked their path.

Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said such an action would have been a desecration of the sacred monument, and rejected Western criticism of his ban as prejudiced and homophobic.

"Our way of life, our morals and our tradition -- our morals are cleaner in all ways. The West has something to learn from us and should not race along in this mad licentiousness," he told Moscow radio, according to local news agencies.

"We may have a democratic country, but we live in an organised country and an organised city."

The protest on Saturday, which was intended as a Gay Pride solidarity event as have become common in Western capitals, degenerated into a scrum with women hurling eggs and fruit at the activists, while shouting "Moscow is not Sodom".

Riot police detained several dozen neo-fascist skinheads who wanted to break up the protest.

Luzhkov, who has run Russia's capital almost as a private fiefdom since 1992, said his anticipation of such a public reaction to the gays' plans had led him to ban the march to ensure the safety of all." ...

Reuters News Agency "Moscow says [it] banned gays because [it is] "cleaner" than West" May 30, 2006

Neo-fascist and neo-communist skinhead youth protest in Kyiv, Ukraine on May Day 2006. Much of the Eurasian hatred of the West stems from the militaristic activities of NATO.

Most capital cities of the Former Soviet Union and advanced Eurasia are cleaner and better organized, and have substantially lower adult and youth unemployment, than many Western European and North American capital and major cities.

Photo credit: Associated Press. With thanks.


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