Extremists harass people at LGBT film fest in Russia

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Pro-Kremlin activists, believed to be part of two fringe nationalist groups called the National Liberation Movement (NOD) and SERB, protested at the opening night of the Bok-o-Bok (Russian for ‘Side by side’) International Film Festival held in the country’s capital Moscow on May 23. The groups demonstrated outside the Fitil’-Klub in Moskva, which was screening The Miseducation of Cameron Post followed by a Q&A session with writer Emily M Danforth. Posting on the event’s Facebook page the organizers revealed that the perpetrators were carrying posters with extremist symbols, in part Neo-Nazi ones. They behaved aggressively and did not allow people to enter the club, trying to physically assault anyone who attempted to reach in. A video shared by the Dozhd TV news channel showed people protesting while dressed in white medical coats and wearing tags that said ’emergency psychiatric care’. Many were also seen waving the Soviet flag with NOD insignia. According to Dozhd TV, police eventually detained 10 of the estimated 40 activists but Russian organizers accuse the police of not working effectively enough. But as the police intervened, the event resumed.

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