Saturday, August 17, 2013

Phooey to Putin

It is rather disturbing that Russian President Putin has turned back the clock to a time when homosexuality was illegal in Russia. While being gay is still legal, gays in Russia are under heavy oppression with new laws targeting them and anti gay sentiment being fostered by the highest levels in the Duma.

English actor and author Stephen Fry has spoken out about what is happening in Russia with a call to athletes, if not boycott the forthcoming Winter Games in Russia, for competitors to use symbolism as they stand on the dais after winning medals, as supporters of the Black Power movement did in 1968 at the Mexico Olympics.

Putin is a joke, but a a very dangerous one. The world is protesting against his homophobia.

Fry at a protest outside the Russian Embassy in London. Photo from BBC.
 


A kiss in outside the Russian Embassy in Israel, Tel Aviv of  course. Photo by Mott Kimchi.


Another kiss in outside the Russian Consulate in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo by @Bouska.


Protests combined with the Gay Pride in Glasgow, Scotland, with 7000 participants. Photo from Equality Network.


A rainbow crossing outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm. Photo by Claes Betsholtz.


A kiss in at the Russian Consulate in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo from TVNZ.
 

Protesting bar tenders outside the Russian Embassy in New York, making the ultimate sacrifice by pouring out their Russian vodka. I will join their protest and boycott Russian vodka....umm, I don't drink it. I know, I will tell R to boycott Russian vodka. Photo by Dan Elias.


And they bravely protest in Moscow. Photo from Socialist Unity.


Later edit: It is certainly not all beer and skittles in Russia for gays. "Even though Russian television host Anton Krasovsky was sacked for coming out on air, he says a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics is not the answer and would only harm gays and lesbians throughout Russia." From Yahoo.




14 comments:

  1. Meanwhile outside the Russian Consulate in Canberra and the Consulates in Australian cities............?

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    1. Victor, that was not something I did not notice. I don't know why.

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  2. He's a politician of the most dangerous and devious kind. Anyone who changes the constitution of a country to satisfy their ego needs to be watched (and feared).
    I don't agree with an Olympic boycott - athletes have trained too long and hard to be made into political statements. A gesture would seem like a decent idea.

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    1. Craig, we agree. I think a gesture would be good.

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  3. I am sure he would be best mates with Tony

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    1. Quite so Michael, hi and thanks for the comment.

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  4. The rainbow crossing looks great.

    I'm sure one of our local councils has a by-law forbidding the use of chalk on public property. Now I understand why...

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    1. Hmmmm FC. Not heard of Franger council be out there about del/gay rightsdel/ supporting same sex attracted youth.

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  5. The Russians may be sexist and anti-gays, but they are not stupid. So we have to ask why would they imprison people for talking about being gay? And why make such a nightmare time for gays EXACTLY at the time when the entire world will be looking at the Winter Games.

    I don't understand counter productive, nasty politics.

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    1. Hels, you are doing my head in because I can't understand why. As you say, they aren't stupid. There must be some local political advantage.

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    2. Many laws do not exist because they make life better for the masses, but because they provide those at the top with convenient forms of social control [manipulating behaviour].

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    3. It certainly is social control FC, but what is the point of it?

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  6. Putin and Abbott have many similarities n'est pas ? Their love of budgie smugglers and antiquated notions being only two..let's hope our fellow Australians remember this come polling day!

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  7. They do have similarities Grace. Frightening. Unfortunately I think most will vote for him.

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