"We must take a stand for our community in countries where they can’t as it could – and does – cost them their lives."
The Russian embassy in London was the scene of an LGBT protest on Sunday, where at least a hundred people showed up to wrap the building in a giant rainbow flag.
The project was “to raise awareness of and call for an end to the persecution of the LGBTQ community in the Chechen Republic," reports Gay Times.
It also coincided with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Gay Times reports protestors had four demands:
“For Theresa May to publicly condemn Chechnya’s atrocities; for governments to shelter refugees from Chechnya; for a United Nations investigation on Russia; and for Russian authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”
LGBT advocate Thomas Wales used his Twitter feed to document the event.
Only last month news broke that another Chechen crackdown of gays and lesbians was allegedly underway, something that last made headlines in 2017.
The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied any such activity at the time.
“This is nonsense,” Kadyrov said in 2017. “We don’t have those kinds of people here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada. Praise be to God. Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.”
As for the London protest over the weekend, Michael Salter-Church MBE, Co-Chair of Pride in London, asserted that the cause is an important one:
“50 years on from brave activists taking a stand at Stonewall, the appalling events in Chechnya highlight with vivid brutality that the fight isn’t over.
“Whilst the UK is focused on Brexit we mustn’t forget those who need our support. We must take a stand for our community in countries where they can’t as it could – and does – cost them their lives.
“The British Government must raise this at the highest level with Russia and call for both an end to this persecution and the prosecution of the perpetrators. Let us also show the world our support of human rights by raising this at the UN.”