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Budapest Court Overturns Police Rejection of Gay Pride March

The decision by Budapest, Hungary police to withdraw permission for a Gay Pride march based on a request for an extended parade route that would take the march in front of parliament has been overturned by the Budapest Metropolitan Court.

Budapest AFP reported: "The extension would have taken the march in front of parliament, where marchers planned to protest against Hungary's controversial media law and the upcoming new constitution, both perceived as detrimental to the cause of gay rights, Steigler said.The Rainbow Mission eventually modified its request so that the march would have stopped short of the square, as proposed by police. But by Friday, permission for the entire march had been withdrawn, citing a disproportionate disruption to traffic, Steigler said."

Organizers suspected the rejection was politically motivated.

Human Rights Watch applauded the court's decision:

"The Budapest Metropolitan Court's decision on February 18, 2011, to allow an extended route for a gay pride march was an important victory for freedom of assembly in Hungary, Human Rights Watch said today... 'The court's decision was a victory not only for the  community of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, but for the right of all Hungarians to freedom of assembly,' said Boris Dittrich, acting director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch."

The march is scheduled for June 17.

Budapest Pride Application Rejected by Authorities

Authorites have withdrawn their permission for a Gay Pride march in Budapest, Hungary. Organizers claim the rejection of their application is politically motivated.

AFP reports: Budapest

Last week, the organisers of the march applied for an extension to their usual downtown route, which police had earlier accepted.

The extension would have taken the march in front of parliament, where marchers planned to protest against Hungary's controversial media law and the upcoming new constitution, both perceived as detrimental to the cause of gay rights, Steigler said.

The Rainbow Mission eventually modified its request so that the march would have stopped short of the square, as proposed by police.

But by Friday, permission for the entire march had been withdrawn, citing a disproportionate disruption to traffic, Steigler said.

"We suspect that the decision was politically motivated... a lot of things have happened in politics since the last march," he commented.

Budapest Pride has been threatened last year and the year before by right-wing nationalists, but has been spared violence both years by a massive security detail. 

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Subway 'Escape' Routes Provided for Budapest Pride Marchers


Walk With Pride, which has been documenting various Gay Prides around the world, posts its latest feature on Budapest Pride, which took place on Saturday with no serious incidents.

Budapest's Pride, which has seen violence in the past, was spared it last year as well by massive security detail.

They note that groups of extremist anti-gay skinheads, some as young as 16, began showing up early along the parade route.


Safe escape routes into the subway, which had been blocked off specifically for parade participants by police, were provided at the routes end. Riot police were also stationed at every exit.

Watch some raw video of the parade, AFTER THE JUMP...


Continue reading "Subway 'Escape' Routes Provided for Budapest Pride Marchers" »

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