Reports denounce the creation of concentration camps
Colega, the LGBT collective of Madrid, calls upon every madrileño who defends human rights to come together today, April 12th, at 18:30 in the Puerta del Sol (next to the statue of Carlos III) to protest the homophobic attack that the Russian LGBT collective has denounced this week.
During the last few years the Russian LGBT community has suffered increased repression at the hands of their government and its justice system. Recently, Vladimir Putin’s government has gone so far as to endeavor to ban an image that ironically mocked the president, portraying him as a drag queen.
However, in the last few days, we have received worrying information about the situation of our collective that we cannot ignore. Most serious: the report, coming from various sources, of the existence of concentration camps in which members of the LGBT community are imprisoned in the city Chechnya.
Other reports, verified by ILGA-Europa, the Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas y Gays, report that homosexual men (and almost certainly other members of the LGBTI community) are being arbitrarily detained, tortured, and assassinated in Chechnya.
The intolerable attitude of the Russian government
At Colega Madrid we refuse to be bystanders in the face of this condemned injustice that demonstrates, once again, the violation of human rights that is occurring in Russia. Furthermore, we believe that Spanish society, which has accepted our community, is not going to remain silent before this injustice. The time has come to shout “enough!” and take a stand for the defence of the rights that we have as human beings.
Colega Madrid appeals to all people committed to freedom and human rights to join us in this protest. We will gather today, April 12th, at 18:30 in the Puerta del Sol de Madrid (next to the statue of Carlos III) to demonstrate our indignation and rejection of the arcaic persecution of our collective by the Russian government.