First Pride March held in Moldova
On 19 May, the first Pride March was held in Chisinau, Moldova. This is a historic day for people fighting for LGBT rights as well as a victory for freedom of assembly in Moldova.
Civil Rights Defenders participated in the March that was held in Alexei Mateevici street outside the American Embassy with at around 100 participants from many different countries. The Swedish and the American ambassador, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy as well as representatives of ILGA Europe and the European parliament held speeches in front of the participants and several local media.
Civil Rights Defenders cooperates closely with the Pride organisers GenderDoc-M and has been supporting and attending the event for nine years. The March is historic as it is the first time that the police guaranteed the security of the Pride participants. In 2008, homophobic crowds, including extremist religious groups and members of the neo-fascist movement, surrounded the Pride-participant’s bus on its way to the demonstration. At that time the police failed to protect the participant and ensure their right to peaceful assembly.
Tags: Freedom of assembly, LGBT, and Pride.