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PHOTOS: Moscow Police Violently Arrest Gay Pride Demonstrators

Thanks to twink-y Alexander Rybak (right), it was Norway who took home the top prize at the Eurovision Song Contest, undoubtedly the world’s most famous performance contest. (Yes, bigger than American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent.) But something else was going on in Moscow over the weekend: Gays were marching, sans permit, for their rights. City officials, under the direction of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, arrested between 20 and 80 people, including activists Andy Thayer and Peter Tatchell. But this wasn’t some hum-drum “put your hands behind your back” assault on free speech, as you’ll see from the photos below.