Israelis Protest at Russian Embassy Against Persecution of Gay Men in Chechnya

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The Algemeiner reports: More than 600 demonstrators descended upon the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv on Friday to protest the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

Chanting “never again,” the demonstrators — mobilized by “Agudah,” an Israeli LGBT rights organization — shut down Hayarkon Street, a major thoroughfare in downtown Tel Aviv where the Russian Embassy is located.

Speakers at the protest said that around 100 gay men had been detained in the prison camps in the autonomous southern Russian region, where they face beatings and torture. Three detainees have reportedly been executed.

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