Russia’s authoritarian ways aren’t just affecting the LGBT community, it seems. A group of pastafarians were arrested by riot police recently for holding an “unapproved rally” in Moscow. And of course, the Russian Orthodox Church was involved in the whole thing.
Moscow police told RIA Novosti that eight Pastafarians were detained for “attempting to hold an unsanctioned rally” in the city.
Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster planned to hold a “pasta procession” in Moscow and St. Petersburg to honor the birthday of Robert De Niro, who once played a character named Noodle in the movie Once Upon A Time in America.
The “pasta procession” in Moscow was disrupted by the Orthodox activist group Bozhaya Volya, or God’s Will, who sprayed ketchup on a march participants. The Orthodox group has held demonstrations against homosexuality, the punk rock group Pussy Riot, and the Darwin natural history museum.
Moscow police dispersed the marchers, claiming the procession was not sanctioned by authorities.
“We were detained for simply walking,” one Pastafarian wrote on a social networking website. “In particular, I was taken in for a sieve on my head.”
Here’s a video: