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LA activists rally to protest deaths of gay men in Chechnya

An activist stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin during a demonstration calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to put an end to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.
An activist stands in front of the Chancellery in Berlin during a demonstration calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to put an end to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.
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A march protesting the detainment and death of gay men in Chechnya will get underway in downtown L.A. Saturday afternoon.

The Eyes on Chechnya rally, which begins at 1:30 p.m., is one of several happening around the nation.

Activists have called for more action by world leaders following reports that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in the Russian region.

The L.A. march will make its way from Pershing Square to the Roybal Federal Building.

Three L.A. City Council members — Paul Koretz, Mitch O'Farrell and Mike Bonin — and congressman Adam Schiff introduced a resolution last week condemning the deaths. Dave Garcia, director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, wants American politicians to take more action to stop the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

"We need more government officials, not just Congressman Schiff, but more Republicans and Democrats, former presidents, I don't care who it is, to continue to shine light on this issue because gay men are dying," Garcia tells KPCC.

Garcia also wants President Trump to permit gay men from Chechnya to receive visas into the U.S.