United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon got an earful when Michael Petrelis and Hank Wilson zapped yesterday’s World Affairs Council in San Francisco.
From Petrelis’ press release:
A group of activists staged a protest at an evening meeting at the Fairmont Hotel featuring the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, in order to protest the unconscionable, murderous silence of the United Nations concerning continued violence and executions globally which specifically target gays and lesbians. Ban was speaking before the World Affairs Council of Northern California, as San Francisco is considered the birthplace of the UN.
The nonviolent protesters twice interrupted Ban’s speech, first standing on their seats, chanting “Break the silence! Talk about about gays!” while holding up signs which read “Gay Rights Are UNiversal”, capitalizing the letters UN to drive home the point that the UN has not accepted its responsibility to monitor and defend the human rights of gay and lesbian people worldwide.
UN Secretary General Ban replied, “That is most unusual welcome for me . . . As Secretary General, I’m supposed to answer all questions . . . The gay rights issue is very sensitive.”
The action comes less than a week after the UN’s voted to accredit two gay organizations, giving them a say in policy making.