The winter Olympics have kicked off in Sochi and so has the heavy weight of the anti-gay propaganda laws with over 60 arrests having been made since the opening of the games.

With the world watching it seems the perfect time for human rights activists to stand up and say ‘enough is enough Russia, we won’t be silent any longer.’ However, this is coming at a great price according to The New York Times who reports that 61 people since Friday have been arrested for doing just this.

It’s not just new Russian laws protesters are angry at but also the Olympics Committee themselves for allowing the Olympics to go ahead in a country with outrageous human rights violations and homophobia. Many protesters have taken to using the Principle 6 slogan which comes from the Olympic Charter which states: Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.

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