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Anti-Putin rainbow parade embraces Vienna

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Anti-Putin rainbow parade embraces Vienna
Photo: Kim Traill
11:55 CEST+02:00
An eclectic group of protesters - transgender, gay and straight - took advantage of Russian President, Vladimir Putin's brief visit to Vienna on Tuesday afternoon to demonstrate against Russia's harsh anti-gay propaganda laws.

These laws - introduced in June last year - state that it is illegal to discuss or 'propagandise' homosexuality around minors, and have led to a surge in homophobic violence and numbers of youth suicides.

See our PICTURE GALLERY for images from the protest march.

In addition to the anti-Putin protest, there was a march by a small group of Putin supporters, with Russian flags as well as a flag bearing the orange and black colours of St. George, which are widely associated with Russia's victory over fascism in World War II.

For more on the dire consequences of Russia's so-called anti-gay propaganda law, this report was shot last year in Moscow by The Local reporter and freelance documentary maker, Kim Traill. 

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