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Chechnya protest in Cork

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 1:01am

Cork people took to the streets this week to protest against the treatment of LGBT people in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

The protest took place on Tuesday evening on Grand Parade in Cork city.

The Cork Pride Festival, in association with The Cork Gay Project, LinC and Amnesty International, organised the peaceful demonstration entitled ‘Never Again’ in solidarity with their extended LGBT family and its allies.

A statement from the Cork Pride Festival says that for the past few weeks, a brutal campaign purging LGBT people has been sweeping through the southern Russian republic.

It says that men are being forcibly detained in what is effectively the first gay concentration camp since Hitler’s camps were established in 1930’s Germany.

The statement said: “The world watched on from the sidelines then too – and should have learnt its lesson; apathy may have enabled so called ethnic cleansing then – but history can never again be allowed to repeat itself.”

It continued: “Last week, over 100 men, ranging in age from 15 to 50, were abducted and tortured - at least three have been murdered. Their alleged crime? The suspicion by Chechen authorities that they may be gay.”

Former US vice president Joe Biden recently issued a statement condemning the actions in Chechnya.

He said: “The human rights abuses perpetrated by Chechen authorities and the culture of impunity that surrounds them means that these hate crimes are unlikely to ever be properly investigated or that the perpetrators will see justice.”

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