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Belfast rally against gay prison camps in Chechnya

By Staff Reporter

A demonstration against the Chechen government's concentration camps for gay men will take place in Belfast today.

Up to 100 men are said to be held in concentration-style camps in the southern Russian republic.

At least three have been killed.

The story broke on April 1 in an explosive report by campaigning newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

It claimed Chechen authorities were attempting a "complete cleansing" of homosexuals.

Today's protest has been organised by The Rainbow Project, the largest support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people and their families in Northern Ireland.

John O'Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project, said the camps "represent a depraved new low which must be opposed by governments around the world".

"In the past, European nations have looked away while gay men and other marginalised groups were tortured in Nazi concentration camps. We will not allow this to happen again," he said.

The rally will be held at Belfast City Hall today at 5.30pm.

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