Dozens are detained and many are injured as Moscow's riot police violently disperse a gay rights march. The violent police action shattered any hopes the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest being held there—which has a huge international following among gays—would shield protesters from abuse.
USA Today reports: "Activists gathered near a university in southwestern Moscow to protest discrimination against gays and lesbians in Russia. The group, which included British gay rights advocate Peter Tatchell, waved flags and chanted slogans, including: 'Homophobia is a disgrace of this country!' and 'We are demanding equal rights!' After about a minute, riot police charged into the group and began to grab protesters, dragging them to waiting buses. Russian gay rights movement leader Nikolai Alexeyev was among those detained."
Moscow police say 40 people were detained but media reports said up to 80 had been seized, ABC News reports. Police "knocked" the eyeglasses off lesbian activist Ksenia Prilepskaya and "stripped her bra" and shirt, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Moscow's mayor describes homosexuality as "satanic."
AFTER THE JUMP, watch video of police disrupt the march.