US 'concern' over violent end to Russian gay rally

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The United States voiced "concern" Sunday over the violent end to a gay rights rally in Moscow, noting that Russian security forces had detained American citizens at the march.

"We note with concern... that a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians, joined by international supporters, was forcefully disrupted by counter-protesters, and that Russian security forces then detained people from both groups," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

Among those detained were American citizens, Toner said.

© 2011 AFP

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