A man (L) takes away a rainbow flag as a policeman detain gay rights activists during their protest in central Moscow on May 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV        (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (L) takes away a rainbow flag as a policeman detain gay rights activists during their protest in central Moscow on May 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

An unauthorized gay pride event rally in Moscow led to a brawl between gay rights activists and opponents on Saturday (May 30). The unrest led to Moscow police breaking up the event and detaining a dozen gay rights activists, including event organizer Nikolai Alekseev.

According to Ukraine Today, the unrest occurred after a group of Orthodox protesters attacked a group of gay rights activists near Moscow’s city hall leading to a brawl. Police officers quickly moved in and broke up the rally and the brawl by arresting the activists after they unfurled a rainbow flag. Several of the Orthodox protesters were also arrested and detained by police.

Gay rights activists held the event on Saturday despite gay pride events being banned in Moscow and facing regular harassment when such events are held. The unauthorized pride rally goes against Russia’s highly criticized “gay propaganda law”