Stockholm: Members of Tupilak (Nordic homo cultural workers) and the
Nordic Homo Council join Swedish politicians and representatives of
human rights organizations in a downtown protest demonstration in the
Swedish capital on the eve of rigged elections coming up on Sunday March
19 in Belarus -- the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe -- where
opposition voices are silenced with threats, beatings and arrests.
Tupilak and the Nordic Homo Council are helping a representative
from the gay movement in Belarus come to the Moscow stage of the ILGCN
(International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) world cultural conference
in May and to the giant "Right to be Different" conference in Montreal
in July, as well as to future "festivals in Exile" for Belarus planning
in Sweden and in Poland later in the year.
Photos by: Paul-Peter Hallberg
Photo 1: Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds on the other side
of the rainbow flag, speaking to the demonstrators.
Photo 2 Tupilak's Bill Schiller with a rainbow scarf