The World Congress of GLBT Jews and JQ International are co-sponsoring a demonstration Friday, May 5, 2017, from 5 – 7 pm, at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and La Cienega in Los Angeles, to protest the persecution and murder of gay men and transgender women at the hands of the Chechen government.
The demonstration is timed to coincide with demonstrations at Russian Embassies in Tel Aviv, Berlin, San Francisco, Washington DC and around the world on Europe Day, May 5.
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In 1964, the Council of Europe declared May 5 “Europe Day,” an annual celebration of peace and unity. On this coming May 5th the Aguda, Israel’s National LGBT Task Force, is leading what they hope will become an international event – demonstrating in front of Russia’s embassy, against the persecution of LGBT people that is happening in Chechnya. ‘Peace and unity’ should include enabling LGBT people to live their life in equality and in peace – without regard to sex, religion or gender.
In recent weeks the world media have reported on a concentration camp for LGBT people in Chechnya, where President Ramzan Kadyrov, plans to eliminate the entire LGBT population in Chechnya by the end of May, Ramadan. Hundreds of LGBT men and transgender* women are abducted, kept in detention centers, tortured and murdered – all with the participation of local Chechnyan authorities. The Russian government chooses to deny any LGBT prosecution in Chechya.
“We won’t stand by while our brothers and sisters are being killed!” writes the Aguda, who initiated the event following an emergency meeting on the situation. The demonstration demands that the Russian government and the international community stop these atrocities!
The Aguda calls on LGBT citizens from around the world and especially from Europe to protest on the same day – “Europe Day” – in order to make it clear to the governments in their countries that they should not sit in silent in light of these evidence of a second Holocaust, and to keep the world’s promise of Never Again! Let Europe continue to be a continent that demonstrate peace and unity – and not persecution and kill.