protesting Chechnya’s anti-gay purge

Russian embassy wrapped in rainbow flag

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Around 100 people rallied outside the Russian embassy in Kensington, London recently to raise awareness of and call for an end to the persecution of the LGBTQ community in the Chechen Republic, reports the Gay Times.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Chechnya had launched another crackdown on LGBTQ people in the region, with activists claiming that two people have been killed and a further 40 have been detained because of their sexual orientation.

The protest had four demands: For Theresa May to publicly condemn Chechnya’s atrocities; for governments to shelter refugees from Chechnya; for a United Nations investigation on Russia; and for Russian authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

The protest coincided with Holocaust Memorial Day, marking 80 years since the start of World War II, so also served as remembrance of the thousands of LGBTQ individuals who were murdered during the Nazi Holocaust.