BUDAPEST, June 13, 2008 – The
chief of Budapest police has today reversed his decision earlier this week
to ban the city’s Gay Pride march next month.
The new decision by Dr. Gábor Tóth
approves of the march and its route as originally suggested by organisers.
A meeting between the Pride
organisers and police was due to be held this afternoon to renegotiate the
march, but this was not required following the publication this morning of
the new decision by Dr. Tóth.
Pride organisers Patent said this
afternoon that it is grateful to all individuals and organisations who
contributed to this outcome.
“We hope the police have understood
that it is their job to protect the march from attacks, and not to try to
avoid the attacks by banning the march,” said Gábor Kuszing of Patent
“We hope that they have learned
from last year’s serious attacks and will appear in adequate numbers to
Last year’s LGBT march saw
unprecedented attacks from right-wing groups with the police failing to
perform important protective measures.
The original ban, revealed late on Wednesday evening
by Patent Association, caused a furore, especially in Brussels where MEPs
criticised the ban imposed by the police because the march would have
created traffic problems in the city centre.
Hungarian MEP Katalin Lévai (PSE),
a former minister for equal opportunities, described the ban as
“unacceptable” and “a significant minority in Hungary must not be denied a
chance to present itself”.
Fury at Gay Pride March Ban. There has been anger today in
the European Parliament over the ban on Budapest Gay Pride by the city’s
police chief Dr. Gábor Tóth for traffic congestion reasons.
(UK Gay News, June 12,
Bans Budapest Gay Pride. Budapest police chief Dr. Gábor
Tóth has banned the Gay Pride March, it emerged last night. The march,
which Dr. Tóth said would disrupt traffic in the city, was scheduled to take
place on Saturday July 5 on Andrássy, one of Budapest’s main streets.
(UK Gay News, June 12, 2008)
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Posted: 13 June 2008 at
16:00 (UK time)