LGBT organization "Exit" initiated the Day of Silence in St. Petersburg. Slightly more than 50 people marched on the Nevsky Prospect with the red tape taped mouths.
They distributed leaflets with texts about traditions of this international event.
"We were silent but heard. This is a traditional event, and every year we see on the streets more and more understanding of the inadmissibility of silence toward violence and humiliation of human dignity, regardless to whom they are directed" - the activist Igor Kochetkov's words quoted by the official blog "Exit" (automatic translation here >>).
The first such event held in St. Petersburg in 2008. Then gay activists gathered in the garden Chernyshevsky. In 2009 and 2010, representatives of the queer community marched on the Nevsky Prospect.
We remind, that the International Day of Silence - is an annual form of nonviolent protest, since 1996, and it is gaining popularity in the U.S., and since 2007 - in Europe.