Owen Jones: Let’s answer Chechan brutality with a global uprising against homophobia | Owen Jones

History will damn the thugs persecuting gay citizens in Chechnya. But we must gather to support the victims now – and fight for LGBT rights everywhere

The persecutors of Chechnya’s gay citizens now feel strong, untouchable, invincible. Their victims, who they arrest, beat and torture, are at their mercy. They are protected by many things: by the tinpot tyrants who rule a republic violently subjugated by Vladimir Putin; by the den of reactionary views that is the Moscow regime; and by the acquiescence – support even – of a society soaked in homophobic hatred.

Related: Gay men in Chechnya are being tortured and killed. More will suffer if we don’t act | Syma Tariq

Related: Chechens tell of prison beatings and electric shocks in anti-gay purge: ‘They called us animals’

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