World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Valery Gergiev concert disrupted in Ukraine protest

Valery Gergiev concert disrupted in Ukraine protest

Russian conductor backs Putin’s stance on Ukraine

London, UK - 12 May 2014

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev had his London concert disrupted last night (Sunday 11 May 2014) by 30 pro-Ukrainian demonstrators and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. They were protesting against Gergiev’s support for the Putin regime and for Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

Waving Ukrainian flags and holding a huge banner, ‘Gergiev Supports War in Ukraine’, they booed Gergiev as he walked on stage in Trafalgar Square to conduct Prokofiev with the London Symphony Orchestra. They then pointed at Gergiev and chanted “Shame on you”. He looked surprised and slightly embarrassed.

Some of the protesters shouted: “Gergiev supports Putin. Freedom for Ukraine.”

They were angry that the London Symphony Orchestra is willing to work with and fund Gergiev, given that he supported Russia’s invasion of Crimea and backed Putin’s anti-gay legislation.

The protest took place shortly before 7pm on Sunday night and lasted about 4 minutes, before the protesters were manhandled out of Trafalgar Square by security staff.

The disruption was jointly organised by the pro-Ukrainian London EuroMaidan campaign group and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Last night’s concert was part of the BMW / LSO Open Air Classics season held in Trafalgar Square:

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was one of the protest organisers and one of the demonstrators. He said:

“It was a brief, peaceful, symbolic protest. We wanted to send a message to Gergiev and the Putin government that what Russia is doing in the Ukraine is unacceptable.

"In March 2014, Valery Gergiev signed an open letter, declaring his support for President Putin’s stance on Ukraine; implicitly endorsing Russia’s aggression and its military annexation of Crimea.

“Gergiev endorsed Putin's 2012 election campaign, releasing a video explaining why he was voting for Putin. He continues to support the Russian leader, despite Putin's intervention in Ukraine and anti-gay legislation. Gergiev is a great conductor but he allies himself with the expansionist, homophobic Moscow regime. He doesn’t respect Ukraine's national sovereignty or the human rights of gay Russians. He is not fit to conduct the LSO,” said Mr Tatchell.

Chrystyna Chymera, a Ukrainian participant from London EuroMaidan and a co-organiser of the protest, added:

“We were taking a stand against Gergiev’s collusion with the Putin regime’s aggression in Ukraine. He chose to take an odious political stand. We were exercising our democratic right to criticise him. Gergiev’s pro-Putin position is an insult to the people of Ukraine.”


Background information

Gergiev is one of more than 500 celebrity signatories of a statement on the Russian Ministry of Culture’s website that backs the Russian president’s policies in Ukraine/Crimea.
http://bit.ly/1cwKJ36

He has also defended Russia’s anti-gay law which prohibits gay visibility or advocacy; falsely claiming the law is a crackdown on paedophilia It is not homosexuality.

Gergiev is a well know supporter of President Putin and endorsed his 2012 election campaign; publicly stating that he was voting for Putin.

He released a video entitled: Why I am voting for Putin
http://bit.ly/w3QuT4

Previously, an Open Letter was sent to the Chair and Managing Director of the LSO, stating that Gergeiv is unfit to receive public funding as the LSO’s principal conductor. The LSO, which employs and pays Gergiev, receives over £2 million in Arts Council public money every year.

READ the Open Letter: http://petertatchellfoundation.org/node/472

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On How Obama’s Supreme Court Choice Says Everything (Bad) About His Presidency

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently skipped over the judicially qualified liberals and gone for a succession of centrists... More>>

ALSO:

Turkey: UN Secretary-General On The Terrorist Bombing In Ankara

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Ankara earlier today. According to the latest reports, the explosion in the Kizilay district killed and wounded dozens of people. More>>

ALSO:

Five Years On: Fukushima And New Zealand

Science Media Centre: It was the worst nuclear event since Chernobyl. In the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a crippled Japanese nuclear powerplant went into meltdown, and the world watched as emergency workers scrambled to shut down and contain the reactors. More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF: 1 In 3 Syrian Children Has Grown Up Knowing Only Crisis

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011. More>>

ALSO:

Franklin Lamb: Syria’s Truce Bodes Well For Salvaging Our Cultural Heritage

The tentative cessation of hostilities in Syria, which came into effect on 2/28/2016, brokered by Washington and Moscow, is only in its second week... It is well documented that there have been daily incidents of artillery shelling, airstrikes and clashes. Yet, for the nearly 12 million displaced civilians, half of Syria’s population, it’s a much welcomed respite. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Rubio’s Last Stand (And Sleater-Kinney)

Well, it certainly was entertaining to watch Rubio succeed in getting under Donald Trump’s skin the other day, in the last debate before tomorrow’s Super Tuesday multi-state sweepstakes... The real killer for Rubio was that the most recent poll from Florida which shows him losing his home state to Trump by a huge margin in the primary due on March 15. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news