Rainbow zebra protest at Russian embassy

Gay rights supporters have painted the zebra crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm in the colours of the rainbow following angry exchanges during last week's Pride festival over the country's treatment of LGBT individuals.

Rainbow zebra protest at Russian embassy

Stockholm police have been in regular contact with the Russian diplomatic

mission since the earlier demonstrtions but were unaware of the latest incident.

“We have no case file on it but it will probably be classified as vandalism or a violation of traffic regulations,” Ulf Lindgren of Stockholm police told Dagens Nyheter.

He added that the police are not responsible for restoring the walkway to its regular pattern of black and white.

“Protesting is one thing, it has to be done. But this is wrong even if the objective is something else. It can affect people who are using the zebra crossing.

“There’s a risk it can create danger for those using the crossing as they should look a certain way. It’s confusing if they are different,” added Lundgren.

On Saturday a group of naked men marched back and forth across the rainbow crossing outside the embassy. One of the group took pictures but it remains unclear if they are connected with the stunt.

Earlier this month police arrested two topless activists from feminist network Femen for attempting to break into the Russian embassy.

Gay rights supporters were angered that the embassy refused to fly the rainbow flag in the run-up to Stockholm Pride. Several embassies, including the United States, raised the flag to coincide with the festival.

There were angry scenes outside the embassy during the pride festival with activists protesting about Russia’s treatment of LGBT individuals.

Many supporters called on nations to boycott the World Athletics Championships which began this weekend in Moscow.

Meanwhile, pedestrians have been urged to take extra caution when using the crossing until it is restored to its original pattern.

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In Pictures: Tens of thousands turn out for Stockholm Pride parade

Around 50,000 people took part in the Pride parade in Stockholm this year, with close to an estimated figure of half a million spectators cheering them on. Here are the best pictures.

In Pictures: Tens of thousands turn out for Stockholm Pride parade
Tens of thousands of people marched in the Stockholm Pride Parade. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The weather, sunny with around 20C, helped boost the turnout. Just look at this picture taken in front of Stockholm City Hall.

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Sweden's Supreme Commander Micael Bydén, pictured below, was one of many well-known faces who marched in the parade. Remember last year when he burst out into an Elvis hit?

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Several politicians took part in the parade, for example Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the conservative Moderate Party and Stockholm mayor Anna König Jerlmyr…

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

… and, of the Social Democrat party, from left, former Stockholm mayor Karin Wanngård, Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson and Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll.

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The 4.3 kilometre route ran from the City Hall on Kungsholmen over to Östermalms IP.

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Barbro Westerholm, 86, who had homosexuality removed from the list of mental illnesses in 1979 during her time as general director of Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare, also marched in the parade. Here she is, pictured centre next to the new leader of the Liberal Party, Nyamko Sabuni, third from left:

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The parade brought up serious issues too:

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Organizers estimate that nearly half a million people turned out to watch the parade. That's almost half the population of Stockholm.

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT