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RIGA, May13, 2009    More than half of the members of the Rīga City Council – 34 in all – signed a letter yesterday to the executive director of the city, Andris Grīnbergs, calling on him to cancel permission that was given to hold the Baltic Gay Pride Parade in Vērmaņdārzs Park on Saturday.

According to the LETA news agency, the initiators of the letter were deputy mayor Almers Ludviks (First Party of Latvia), as well as senior council members Aina Krūkle (First Party of Latvia) and Helmī Stalte (For the Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK).

“It will be interesting to see whether bureaucrats will continue to act as an executive branch while ignoring members of the Council even after signatures are collected? For the time being, bureaucrats do not see the threat against morality and security in the city, but members of the Council do,” Mr. Ludviks told LETA.

The 34 signatories of the letter demand that Mr. Grīnbergs reconvene the Commission, which last week voted 5-2 to allow the parade.

“We demand that the commission meet again and repeal the agreement for the march that has been announced for May 16 for the march in the streets of Rīga and the meeting in the Vērmaņdārzs Park because of a real threat against public security and morality,” the letter says.

Mr. Ludviks told LETA that the vote was also absurd because traffic in the city’s streets will have to be closed during the march.

“In other words, the Rīga City Council will pay police officers, put up barriers, disturb everyday procedures in the city, and all of that will be done to offer financial support for the Pride event at a time when there is a crisis and a catastrophic shortage of resources,” insisted the deputy mayor.

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Riga City Council Gives OK to Gay Pride March.  A Riga City Council committee has today approved the march in the city centre during Baltic Gay Pride, officially known a Baltic Friendship Days.  The march is scheduled for Saturday May 16 at Vermanes Darzs park, the location of the first officially approved parade in 2007.  (UK Gay News, May 8, 2009)

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Posted: 13 May 2009 at 00:00 (UK time)

   
             
       

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