Lithuania probes anti-gay Web site
Posted by pozlife on June 4, 2007
June 4, 2007
VILNIUS — Authorities in Lithuania are probing a Web site that calls for people to kill gays and warns people not to declare in public that they are homosexual, the prosecutor’s office said Monday.
“Two separate investigations were started. One is related to a Web site directed against homosexual people, another to leaflets distributed in Vilnius, which call for action against the homosexual community,” Aurelija Juodyte, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said.
“Among the comments on the Web site, entitled ‘Let’s stop the rainbow colors,’ were calls to beat and kill homosexual people,” Juodyte said. ?
“The leaflets warned homosexual people not to out [declare they were gay] in public,” she added.
The anti-gay campaign comes ahead of a European Union-backed anti-discrimination rally scheduled for last month. The event, at which the Lithuanian homosexual community had planned to hoist the rainbow flag, was canceled by city officials over fears that it could spark unrest.
Juodyte said that Lithuanian law provides for imprisonment of up to three years for discrimination and instigation of hatred.