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The Sixth Anti-Hatred March to take place in St.Petersburg

Press Release
October 22, 2009

The Sixth Anti-Hatred March will take place in St.Petersburg on October 31. Its route lies from Sportivnaya metro station to the Sakharov Square.

Initially the March was planned as tribute to academic and human rights activist Nikolai Giryenko shot by right-wing nationalists on June 19, 2004. Gradually the Anti-Hatred March has been turning into the solidarity day for all people resisting social order based on fear and hatred. Inequality of the rights and discrimination as of social, cultural, national, ethnic, race, religious, gender factors or sexual orientation should be eliminated as contradicting the interests of building a welfare state in the multicultural, multinational and multiconfessional Russia.

Human rights organisations, democratic political parties and movements, as well as ordinary citizens concerned with the rise of xenophobia in the society will participate in the March. Every year the March gathers from 500 to 1,200 participants and is the largest action in Russia devoted to the interaction to xenophobia.

The March will be held under the slogans: УNo to Xenophobia!Ф and УFor Russia Without Racism!Ф

Administration of St.Petersburg has already given its permission to hold the March.

This year the March was initiated by the following organisations:

The African Unity,
Vikhod (the Way Out),
For Russia Without Racism,
The Women Voters League,
The Memorial human rights organisation,
Youth Group of Human Rights Activists,
PeopleТs Democratic Union,
Oborona (Defence)
St.Petersburg Council for Protection of Human Rights,
SoldiersТ Mothers (St.Petersburg branch),
Social-Democratic Youth Union,
the YABLOKO party.

The participants will gather by the Yubileiniy sports complex at 12-30, the March will start at 13-00. A rally at the Sakharov Square begins at 14-00.

See also:
Human Rights

YABLOKO Against Extremism

Press Release

October 22, 2009