Gay parade banned in capital of Belarus

October 18th, 2011 - 12:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Minsk, Oct 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The administration of the Belarusian capital has prohibited holding a gay parade in Minsk, scheduled for October 22.

“The municipal executive committee of Minsk banned a parade along the Krasin Street in the district of Sosny, although President Alexander Lukashenko earlier stated that he was not against a gay parade on the outskirts of the city,” a statement on the website of the parade’s organizers said.

Earlier in the month Lukashenko said in an interview with Russian news agencies that he would not ban gay parades in his country.

“I would not ban them. Somewhere on the outskirts of the city to marvel people with what they have,” the Belarusian president said.

Last May, dozens of members of Belarusian and Russian gay organisations gathered on the Belarusian capital’s main street, although the authorities gave no permission to hold the parade.

Special police forces suppressed the parade arresting 10 activists for “disorderly behaviour”.

The event also attracted anti-gay protesters, who threw eggs into the crowd.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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