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Penza authorities refuse gay activists to hold rally and march

19:51 | 07.10.2016 | Society

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Penza, 7 October 2016. PenzaNews. The Penza administration denied public events in support of sexual minorities, which were to be held on October 11 and 17, suggesting the organizers to choose territory, inaccessible to children and adolescents. This is stated in a message posted on the website of the City Hall on Thursday evening, October 6.

Penza authorities refuse gay activists to hold rally and march

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It explains that on October 4, Victor Kuvaytsev received notifications from three people living in different cities of Russia, on Penza pickets in support of legislation on toughening of punishment for hate crimes against homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people, as well as march and rally for the purpose of condemnation of the law banning propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.

“Places of public events in the city of Penza, chosen by the organizers, are widely available, including for free and unimpeded access to underage citizens,” the text states.

The report adds that the public events on submitted notifications violate standards set by the federal law “On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development,” and may lead to an offense under Art. 6.21 of the Administrative Code “Promoting non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

“The organizers of the public event do not comply with the principle of their legality established by Art. 3 of the Federal Law of June 19, 2004 No. 54-FZ “On meetings, rallies, demonstrations, processions and picketing,” the text states.

The text specifically draws attention to the fact that these same organizers previously applied with similar notes in the administration of a number of Russian cities and received denials that later were substantiated by courts.

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