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Muscovites picket German Embassy for cartoon mocking Russian Paralympians

August 16, 16:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Some 50 people - mostly students and young men - are picketing the diplomatic mission, holding "Stop mocking Olympic symbols" and "We demand apologies" posters
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MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. Activists are picketing in front of the German Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday demanding a cartoon posted on Deutsche Welle’s website lampooning Russian Paralympians be taken down.

Some 50 people - mostly students and young men - are picketing the diplomatic mission, holding "Stop mocking Olympic symbols" and "We demand apologies" posters. The German broadcaster’s website earlier posted a cartoon with four Olympic rings and another one with a wheelchair-bound individual holding a Russian flag.

"We demand that the German broadcaster immediately remove this cartoon as it offends not only the feelings and dignity of Russia’s disabled athletes, but the entire Olympic movement," argued Denis Davydov, the leader of Molodaya Gvardia, the United Russia party’s youth wing.

"Moreover, the leadership of Deutsche Welle should offer official apologies to the athletes of our Paralympic team for inappropriate and disrespectful behavior to the sport and to disabled people," Davydov demanded.

He also said Deutsche Welle continues to brush off public discontent. "Apparently, it is more important for them to implement someone else’s political agenda than to observe the norms and morals of journalistic ethics.".

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