Chisinau Mayor Bans Gay Pride Parade

Jim Burroway

May 9th, 2008

It was just this morning when we reported that Moldova was about to witness its very first Gay Pride parade n Chisinau, the nation’s capital. Now we find that the mayor of Chisinau has banned the parade just two days before it was to take place.

GenderDoc-M, the group that is organizing the parade, says that the mayor has no power to ban the march under a new Moldovan law on public manifestations. According to GenderDoc-M, if the authorities have proof that there could be serious trouble at an event, then a court decision is needed to impose a ban. The mayor has no power to act unilaterally. Last year, the Moldova Supreme Court ruled that Chisinau city officials had violated the Moldovan constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights by banning a previous Gay Pride march.

GenderDoc-M is calling on city authorities to rescind the ban and for city police to provide adequate protection for Pride participants.


May 12th, 2008

Here is a first hand account of yesterday’s march from my friend in Moldova:

Radical Orthodox Christians and Communists blocked the bus with
gay participants, preventing them from marching. The police did
now show up (though it was previously and repeatedly asked to be there) so that
participants had to stay in the bus for security reasons and finally
got back to their office. Their stuff was destroyed by the enraged crowd.
It is sad that you’ll see no crowd protesting against the poverty in
Moldova, the crimes committed by the Communist authorities,
all-over-spread trafficking in women, organs, child abuse, etc. When it
comes to inoffensive gay parade, Moldovans all of a sudden feel
“endangered” and see the gays as their main public enemy. It’s
disgusting. It reminded me of the dark middle age and Inquisition. Long ago I
came to the conclusion that logic and reasoning
have no value for certain categories of people and have no impact on
them. It’s just a matter of pathologic hatred and infantile thinking
and state of soul.

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