Marchers arrested at Minsk pride fined $6 each

Seven people who were arrested when police violently broke up the first gay pride parade in Minsk, Belarus, on May 15 were released two days later after paying a fine of 17,500 rubles ($5.83) each for taking part in an unsanctioned public action.

The detained activists included St. Petersburg Pride organizers
Aleksandr Sheremetyev and Dmitri Milkov.

City authorities had banned the parade, citing a national law that prohibits public events within 200 meters of subway stations and pedestrian tunnels.

When 40 people marched anyway, police attacked them and beat them.

By Rex Wockner


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