AGAINST CZAR OF HOMOPHOBIA

Hundreds Protest in London Against Russia

Hundreds protested in London on Saturday against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law as well as called for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics in Moscow. The protesters gathered near Prime Minister David Cameron’s residence, carrying banners that said “Love Russia. Hate Homophobia” and rainbow flags. “Putin is the ‘Czar of Homophobia,’” gay rights campaigner Peter Thatchell wrote on his website ahead of the protests. “His regime has outlawed the public expression of LGBT identity and affection—and prohibited the advocacy of LGBT human rights—in circumstances where a person under 18 might see it.” Cameron tweeted on Saturday that Britain would not boycott the games under the issue, but said he shares the protesters’ “deep concern” over the issue. “I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting, the Winter Olympics.”