It's good to be Joe Manganiello!
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We spoke at length about the handful of protestors that had been picked up and arrested in Red Square and St. Petersburg in Russia, and how they were peacefully demonstrating by holding banners reminding Russia of the Olympic code on tolerance.
Those protestors have been released, but not until they allegedly had been properly beaten and verbally abused.
Text message from me: We didn’t sign anything. Are you all still there?
From them: Yes, in cage. They beated [sic] two of us
Me: oh no, who? What can we do? Can you keep reporting? Are all of you in the same cage?
Them: Two queers. Before that they took us upstairs and said that we have to “suck their cocks” and that we have to be burned. When we said that we gonna complain. So they bring us back to cage. So we dont let them close it without paper, pen and their names. So they beat two of us and then used cuffs
Them: Yes we are together. Now we are singing
New text from them: They beated [sic] our people again - cause we asked to let our public defender come to us. They didnt give us any docs
That's… that's horrifying! We're glad they wound up getting released! (Also, why didn't the cops take their phones??)
Luckily, none of them were severely harmed, but one of the protestors said that two arms were almost broken by closing the door of the cage on them, and one of the protestors was also allegedly choked by an officer.
The other horrifying aspect to this story is that the cops new about the protest even before it really started, leading to them believing that their phones had been tapped! They even changed the location thirty minutes before starting!
The International Olympic Committee is totally cool with the arrests. Here's what Emmanuelle Moreau, the IOC’s head of media relations, said:
“We understand that the protesters were quickly released. As in many countries in the world, in Russia, you need permission before staging a protest. We understand this was the reason that they were temporarily detained.”
That's some bullshizz when you read what happened to them!
It sounds pretty awful over there for TOLERANT and loving people!
Watch the police breaking up the group in Red Square (below)!