Hundreds protest outside Russian Embassy in London against Chechnya’s gay ‘concentration camps’

People lined the streets of the British capital last night to protest against Chechnya’s reported torture and murder of its gay citizens.

Respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that around 100 gay men had been rounded up by police and detained in what is widely being referred to as a modern-day ‘concentration camp’.

Three men are feared dead after violent raids, as authorities targeted men “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such”.

Human Rights Watch later confirmed the horrific reports, adding that the information coming through was “consistent” with “numerous trusted sources” they had spoken to on the ground in Russia.

Related: The three things the Russian and Chechen governments must do to protect gay men

Hundreds of demonstrators held banners outside the Russian Embassy in London, while passing traffic beeped their horns for further support.

Flowers were laid down on the street in memory of the victims, while people held signs reading “queer solidarity” and “love is a human right” for all to see.

“It sends a shudder down the spine to hear about concentration camps in 2017,” Michael Salter-Church, co-chair of Pride in London, told the Evening Standard.

“Russia’s abuses cannot be ignored.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty International have launched a petition to stop ‘abduction, torture and killing of gay men’ in Chechnya.

So far, over 94,000 people have signed it as it aims to “help to call for prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya.”

You can help by signing the petition here.



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