MOSCOW, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Members of the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were detained in Moscow for holding an unsanctioned "pasta procession" in the city.
The Church, which refers to its adherents as "Pastafarians," said the "pasta procession" in Moscow was held Saturday to celebrate the birthday of actor Robert De Niro, who played a character nicknamed "Noodles" in Sergio Leone's 1984 film "Once Upon A Time In America," but the event was broken up by riot police and Orthodox activist Dmitri Enteo's God's Will group, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
God's Will has held numerous rallies recently against homosexuals.
"Guys, because of the dispersion by riot police and provocations by Enteo and Co the Ramen [noodles] eating arrangement is canceled," the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster said on its website.
Moscow police confirmed eight of the Pastafarians were detained for "attempting to hold an unsanctioned rally."