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JUNE 21, 2002. Two gay men and a stolen ballot box are on the run somewhere in France. If caught, the men could be sent to the slammer for up to five years.

They stole the ballot box during last Sunday's legislative elections in Bourges, in central France, to protest years of harassment and repeated shutting down of the town's two gay bars, which they own, by local authorities.

"We're fed up," Olivier Rivet told a reporter from an undisclosed location where he's hiding with the ballot box and his partner, Omar Tachag.

Rivet, who also heads the local gay group Différent, said harassment had gotten much worse after the pair and their employees staged two sit-ins in Bourges' 800-year old Gothic cathedral in September 2000 to protest arbitrary gay bar closings.

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