Russian Police Arrest 40 At Gay-Rights Protests In Moscow

There are 5 comments on the May 29, 2012, Queerty story titled Russian Police Arrest 40 At Gay-Rights Protests In Moscow. In it, Queerty reports that:

On Sunday, LGBT activists trying to demonstrate for the right to hold a gay Pride parade in Moscow were blocked by police , who detained dozens.

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#1 May 29, 2012
They are protesting in the wrong way.

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#2 May 29, 2012
snyper wrote:
They are protesting in the wrong way.
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#3 May 29, 2012
There are ways to protest far more effectively than head-on confrontation.

Remember Gandhi's "National Day of Prayer and Fasting"? Not a "general strike", mind you.

I'm not suggesting a repetition of that. The numbers are wrong. The principle is design and action that does an end-run (to borrow and American football term) around the existing ordinances.

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#4 May 30, 2012
snyper wrote:
There are ways to protest far more effectively than head-on confrontation.
Remember Gandhi's "National Day of Prayer and Fasting"? Not a "general strike", mind you.
I'm not suggesting a repetition of that. The numbers are wrong. The principle is design and action that does an end-run (to borrow and American football term) around the existing ordinances.
However, Russia is neither India nor the US - not sure these those tactic would work in such a place.

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#5 May 30, 2012
JohnInToronto wrote:
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However, Russia is neither India nor the US - not sure these those tactic would work in such a place.
End-runs ALWAYS work.

In-your-face tactics only impress those who already agree with you. They also alienate potential moderate support. They also provide fodder for those who would gain by demonizing your movement.

End-runs sidestep these problems.

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