Remarkable footage of police aggressively ripping the 40 foot long rainbow flag out of the hands of the parade’s participants and of the arrests that followed has surfaced,
17:46: It appears that a total of 12 participants in the gay pride march have been arrested. Eight are being detained in one police station and four in another. The eight who are together are saying that they will be taken to the special detention centre for administrative offenders until court, probably on Monday.
18:20: German government is being urged to make representation to Belarus. German out-gay MP Volker Beck is making the request as he been doing for a number of years when Russian activists have been arrested during unsanctionned rallies in Moscow.
18:56: The Russians who went to their Embassy asking for consular support for the two Russians from St Petersburg arrested and detained were told that the information will be transferred to the consul and that they have to call back in 30mn. But they said that Russians who breach the law abroad have to be punished according to local laws
19:44: Reports say that the police was chased after the ‘mysteriious’ biker who opened the Pride march with a rainbow flag (Pictured Above). Luckily hey failed to catch him.
19:47: Sergey Androsenko and others have just been released together with the three others who were arrested at the cafe. Still waiting to hear from the group of eight
20:53: Bad news for the Russians who were arrested. The diplomat from the Russian Embassy, after visiting the Police station, said that they were arrested for taking part in an unauthorised event and therefore should answer according to the law. The Embassy will not provide any assistance.
More to come…….