BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Protesters have interrupted a screening of a French AIDS drama in Bucharest, saying it violates traditional Romanian values.
Footage posted on social media shows a handful of protesters who called themselves Christian Orthodox bursting into a movie theater at the Romanian Peasant Museum Sunday evening during a showing of “120 Beats Per Minute.”
Protesters sang the national anthem and religious songs while others held religious icons and banners saying: “Romania isn’t Sodom” and “Hey Soros, leave them kids alone,” referring to Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros.
The film, set in Paris in the 1990s, explores homosexuality and the AIDS epidemic. It won the Grand Prize from the jury at Cannes in 2017.
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The protesters said they objected to the film being shown at the museum because “the Romanian peasant is a Christian Orthodox.”
Gay rights group MozaiQ on Monday issued a statement “condemning the extreme gestures of some ultra-Orthodox and conservative groups … who propagate hate against the LGBT community,” and called on Romanian politicians to “send a more decisive signal to society that discrimination is not acceptable.”