“The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police detained 14 protesters in Moscow and St Petersburg on the day of the Olympic opening ceremonies. Some of those held in Moscow report being beaten while in police custody.
” ‘We understand that the protesters were quickly released,’ Emmanuelle Moreau, the IOC’s head of media relations, said in an email to BuzzFeed. ‘As in many countries in the world, in Russia, you need permission before staging a protest. We understand this was the reason that they were temporarily detained.’ “
The IOC doesn’t mention that LGBT activists cannot get permits for their protests. That fact would undercut the IOC’s claims that there’s nothing to be concerned about in Russia during the Sochi Olympics.
For more information, see the full article on BuzzFeed: “International Olympic Committee Will Not Object To Arrests And Beatings Of Russian LGBT Activists.”
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