Minsk Pride march banned

18/10/2011
Submitted by Viachaslau Bortnik

Minsk city executive committee refused to allow a march of the Minsk Gay Pride 2011 despite the President Lukashenko said that he is not against the gay pride somewhere on the outskirts of the city, tells organizers. A letter was signed by the chief ideologist of Minsk - the deputy chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee Igor Karpenko.

Despite the fact that the claimed route ran away from the center, in a sparsely populated place, the city officials think that the public action of the LGBT community should be banned as soon as the event was planned less than 50 meters from the territory of the organizations providing life-important activities to the population.

In addition, the Executive Committee felt that the holding of this rally will interfere with the movement of pedestrians and even traffic.

"I consider the ban of the march to be discriminating and oppressive. It is clear by the justification of the ban.

We have specifically applied for a parade not in the city center to show the world and Belarusians all the absurd of the authoritarian political system in Belarus," said the chairman of the organizing committee of Minsk Pride Siarhei Androsenka.

Full text: http://www.news.gayby.net/news/2011-10-17-4906

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