It's just a coincidence, but the Cyrillic characters look like "homo" spelled backwards.
Here's a larger version of the image shot by Anatoly Maltsev for European Pressphoto Agency, of police detaining a man after an attack on a gay rights activist in St. Petersburg.
The Cyrillic letters indicate that the agents are from ОМОН, Отряд мобильный особого назначения, Otryad Mobilniy Osobogo Naznacheniya, or Special Purpose Mobile Unit. In other words, riot police.
Below, the image flipped.
[Thanks, Boing Boing BBS user Picasso8008]:
Update: Boing Boing reader Greg McMullen writes,
Thought I would send a clarification of the article you just posted about the incident with the OMOH/HOMO cops.
The cops are actually breaking up a thuggish gang of soldiers who had been harassing a single gay rights protester. Video of the entire incident is available here. After the cops drag the protester away and put him in a police car, the soldiers persist, and actually try to pull the protester from the police car to continue their harassment of him. It looks like several of the soldiers wind up fighting the police.
The irony of the thuggish anti-gay soldiers dressed like a pride parade parody of military men is amusing, but not nearly amusing enough to cancel out the brutal reality of what is happening in the video.
Here's the video and translation.
[HT: alec mackaye, thanks Aileen Graef]
We just got the Sport model of the EPIKGO hoverboard at my office. Besides being terribly chic, it’s apparently bulletproof.
Ok, it’s not just solar powered. It’s also an anti-theft, waterproof marvel that keeps my phone’s power bar from ever getting into the red.Sure the idea seems obvious now – tuck a gigantic solar powered battery pack into an exposed slot and turn the wearer into a walking energy harvester. Simple maybe, but I didn’t […]
The office I work in is full of things old people buy to make themselves feel young again. I can honestly say that our awesome new toy, The Swagtron T3 Hoverboard, makes me feel very, very old. I’ll explain why later. Swagtron T3 Pros There’s no way to overcharge the battery and that means no […]
DJI is the world’s leading designer and producer of easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. If you’re a drone enthusiast, you want a DJI. If you know absolutely nothing about drones and think they’re weird, if you win a DJI you’re going to become a drone enthusiast.Enter this giveaway (for free, yes) and you’ll get a […]
Although there will never be a consensus about the best way to make coffee, any coffee connoisseur will agree that controlling the grind of your beans and balancing water temperature are the keys to a tasty cup. Since your plastic coffee pot doesn’t really allow for that kind of customization, going back to the French […]
Not all hackers are malicious information thieves—white-hat ethical hackers work with technology companies to ensure the security of their computer systems and user data. With all of today’s high-profile data breaches, ethical hackers are in considerable demand. To learn these critical skills and break into the high-paying cyber security field, try taking the courses in this […]