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Germany: 'Putin' joins gay rights activists in anti-Gergiev protest01:10

Germany: 'Putin' joins gay rights activists in anti-Gergiev protest

Germany, Munich
December 18, 2013 at 20:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: 'Putin' joins gay rights activists in anti-Gergiev protest

Over a hundred protesters gathered in Munich to hold a demonstration against Valery Gergiev's new position as chief conductor for the prestigious Munich Philharmonic, on Wednesday. Gergiev angered gay rights activist when he expressed his support for Russia's new law prohibiting propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors by saying that the legislation had nothing to do with homosexuality, but rather targeted paedophilia.

Protesters stood in front of the Gastieg Cultural Centre and sang the famous "Prisoners Chorus" of the German opera "Fidelio." The song is an ode to freedom, sung by the political prisoners, and is one of the most notable moments in the opera. Naomi Lawrence, a Munich artist, showed up to the demonstration wearing a Putin-alter-ego costume.

Gergiev was the chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and long-term director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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Germany: 'Putin' joins gay rights activists in anti-Gergiev protest

Over a hundred protesters gathered in Munich to hold a demonstration against Valery Gergiev's new position as chief conductor for the prestigious Munich Philharmonic, on Wednesday. Gergiev angered gay rights activist when he expressed his support for Russia's new law prohibiting propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors by saying that the legislation had nothing to do with homosexuality, but rather targeted paedophilia.

Protesters stood in front of the Gastieg Cultural Centre and sang the famous "Prisoners Chorus" of the German opera "Fidelio." The song is an ode to freedom, sung by the political prisoners, and is one of the most notable moments in the opera. Naomi Lawrence, a Munich artist, showed up to the demonstration wearing a Putin-alter-ego costume.

Gergiev was the chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and long-term director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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