Pride parade banned in Minsk

The Executive Committee of Minsk City banned the Pride parade, despite the fact that President Alexander Lukashenko had said that he is not against a parade, if it is organised in the outskirts of the city.

“The prohibition of the parade violates the fundamental right to freedom of assembly. Belarus is a party to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and therefore obliged to ensure this right to all its citizens,” said Marie Månson, Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

The Pride march route was planned from the center of Minsk to a sparsely populated place. Despite this the Executive Committee banned the event on the grounds that it would interfere with the movement of pedestrians and traffic.

“I consider the banning of the march to be discriminating and oppressive. It is visible by the justification of the ban of our march. We have specifically applied for a parade outside of the city center to show the world, and Belarusians, the absurd and authoritarian Belarusian political system”, said Siarhei Androsenka, chairman of the organising committee of Minsk Pride, on the organisations web site.

On October 22nd the organisers will hold a press conference to announce their plans regarding the pride march.

Categories: News.
Tags: Aleksander Lukashenka and Pride.
Regions: Belarus.