Czech Republic: Abortion opponents protest against Prague Pride march
Prague, July 18 (CTK) - The Czech Movement for Life (HPZ) anti-abortion organisation protests against the homosexual march to be held on August 18 as the culmination of the Prague Pride festival, HPZ announced Wednesday.
It supports demonstrations against the march to be held by conservatives from the D.O.S.T. group and the Young Christian Democrats.
HPZ president Radim Uchac says "homosexual ideology" destroys the family, freedom and the nation.
The Prague Pride organisers are not surprised at the protests and they expected them, Prague Pride director Czeslaw Walek told CTK Wednesday.
The Prague Pride march will be staged in the Czech capital for the second time this year.
It is to start at Wenceslas Square at the statue of St Wenceslas holy patron saint, in Prague centre at 13:00 on Saturday, August 18, and it will be heading for the nearby Strelecky island on the Vltava River.
The organisers expect some 8000 people to attend the march.
The D.O.S.T. conservative group has convoked a protest meeting to defend "normal people's pride" in the upper part of Wenceslas square at the same time.
The D.O.S.T., which calls Prague Pride "an obscene festival" promoting "the intolerant ideology of homosexualism," announced to the City Hall that some 200 people would attend its rally.
The Young Christian Democrats reckon with some 300 participants in their demonstration in support of "the traditional family" in the centre of Prague during the homosexual march.
Anti-abortion activists say the Prague Pride festival is promoting "a homosexual life style." They also say they welcome the effort to restore respect for families and to help those "who suffer from homosexuality."
The Prague Pride organisers said they expected various groupings to protest against the festival like last year.
"Those are mainly the organisations of which no one has heard the year long, so they want to make themselves visible now," Walek said.
The 2nd Prague Pride festival is to support diversity and respect for otherness, he added.