02/06/2014 10:45 EST | Updated 04/08/2014 05:59 EDT

Rainbow flag to fly at Montreal City Hall for Olympics

Montreal City Hall is getting a makeover timed to coincide with the Sochi Olympics.

A rainbow flag will fly at city hall in quiet protest of Russian laws critics consider anti-LGBT.

“What I don’t like is that legislation in Russia against gays and lesbians,” said Mayor Denis Coderre.

“I believe that it was a great idea from my colleagues in St. John’s, Newfoundland that they want to use the rainbow flag and I’m going to do the same thing at city hall,” he continued.

In St. John’s, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said council voted unanimously to support the initiative.

“Flying the rainbow flag during the Olympics is really a sign of support for people in other countries, in this case in particular in Russia,, the people who have been denied their liberties as individuals, and people who are being persecuted because of their sexual orientation," O'Keefe said.

The Sochi Olympics open Friday.