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Gay rights protests outside Russian Embassy in Israel

Gay rights protests outside Russian Embassy in Israel
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Demonstrations have been held outside the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv in Israel. Activists want Russia to repeal its controversial anti-gay propaganda law passed in June

The law allows heavy fines to be imposed on anyone giving information about homosexuality to under 18s.

Critics say the new legislation will mean gay rights rallies can be banned and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for gays and lesbians.

Protester Elize Whitehen said:“Being gay is a human right, you are free to be whoever you want to be and your government should protect you, and if somebody is being harmed openly or even oppressed in any sort of way, the government has the responsibility to protect its citizens, and Russia is not upholding its responsibilities to its gay citizens, and it’s a human rights violation, so that’s why we’re here.”

The law has been heavily criticised internationally and there have been further protests in the US, London and Belgium.

There are calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games due to be held in the Russian resort of Sochi.