PLEASANTON -- A Friday student protest of the Sochi Olympics rallied Foothill High School students opposed to Russian anti-gay discriminatory practices and laws.

A group of 21 members of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance and Amnesty International Club turned out for the silent lunchtime protest in the school's quad, where peaceful protesters carried signs supporting their position.

"One of the goals of the protest is to get people to boycott the closing ceremony" of the Olympics, Cori Hartwig, president of the alliance, said in an email.

Although its members did not ask for a boycott, the Amnesty International Club did take part to help raise awareness, said that group's coordinator, Sabrina Luk.

Foothill High student Ashley Lim, 16, takes part in a silent lunchtime protest against the Sochi Olympics and Russia’s stand on gay, lesbian and
Foothill High student Ashley Lim, 16, takes part in a silent lunchtime protest against the Sochi Olympics and Russia's stand on gay, lesbian and transgender rights in Pleasanton on Feb. 21, 2014. The silent demonstration was held by members of Foothill High School's Gay-Straight AllIance and the school's Amnesty International group. (Doug Duran/Staff)

"We at Amnesty International do not support boycotting as a tactic. What we are trying to do is raise awareness and enforce human rights around the world," she said in an email.

Hartwig said another purpose of the event was to show what a "progressive and accepting community Pleasanton really is. Also, it shows that the students of our high school really care about our community, not just here, but the international community as well."

-- Kelly Gust, Staff



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