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Riga bans Baltic Pride

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  1. Mihangel apYrs 14 May 2009, 1:30pm

    Latvia is part of the EU. WHy do these backward eastern European countries join when they KNOW we have certain rules concerning human rights.

    The European Parliament, or probably the Commission should kick arse, in hte sam eway as they would for institutionalised racism

  2. An administrative court in Riga will take up this case at 10 am tomorrow local time and since this decision by Riga City Council is clearly unlawful and also in breach of the previous rulings by both the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of Latvia, we ought to win tomorrow and the parade should take place on Saturday as planned. However, in this country you can never be too sure about anything!

  3. “WHy do these backward eastern European countries join when they KNOW we have certain rules concerning human rights.”

    For the money, honey. It is no wonder that only poor countries want to join the EU. Why do you think Norway, Switzerland and Iceland haven’t joined. Because they are rich. An dIceland is onyl thinking of joining now, after the crisi hit hard. Consequently, we will be seeing more and more conservative countries joining the EU.

  4. You are right, Themis, money is the reason why Eastern European countries join EU and then forced to compromise moral standards. Thankfully, most of them are not quick for such compromises. So, even if the decision is illegal (which I doubt), it is still RIGHT!

  5. Pumpkin Pie 14 May 2009, 4:02pm

    How’s it right, Alexander. This should be good.

  6. Pumpkin Pie 14 May 2009, 4:02pm

    There should really be a question mark after that first sentence of mine. There really should.

  7. Mihangel apYrs 14 May 2009, 5:14pm

    @Themis
    how cynical. I’m sure it’s because they want to be part of a liberal, vibrant western democratic alliance……

    @andrejs – good luck.

    @Alexander
    welcome back. Did you get lonely?

  8. Commander Thor 14 May 2009, 5:34pm

    There’s still time for you to decide to change your situation and be happy, Alexander… I hope you finally come to accept yourself soon, you get only one chance at life, and you deserve to be happy.

  9. Isnt it an irony that these small Baltic countries which have fought for their independence for so long are now trying to deny gay, lesbian amd transgender people their rights! The next time big evil Russia wants to get these countries back , then just LET them!

  10. Being an Eastern European, I am always saddenned by comments about our countries like the above. One would think that, being a constant victim of generalisations, LGBT people would be smart enough not to generalise themselves. However, the temptation seems too big at certain times, doesn’t it? This comment could go on forever, yet I am too busy fighting for rights that those of you making derogratory comments about my part of the world take for granted. I just urge you for a moment to think about how you can help and whether you would find your comments here in any way helpful if applied to your home countries and your problems.

  11. Simon Murphy 15 May 2009, 1:29pm

    Why not email the British Ambassador to Latvia to ask what he is doing to ensure the Latvia is not suppressing democracy by banning gay people from gathering together as is their right in a democracy. Latvia should not be regarded as a democracy if people are banned from associating freely. His name is Richard Moon. His email address is british.embassy@apollo.lv

  12. Simon Murphy 15 May 2009, 1:35pm

    Here’s what I wrote:

    Dear Mr. Moon,

    It was with great alarm that I have read in the British Press that the Latvian authorities and Riga city officials are suppressing democracy in Latvia by banning this Saturday’s gay pride parade.

    Please advise what you and the British embassy are doing to ensure that the Latvian authorities abide by democratic principles which allow freedom of association.

    I would encourage your office to get in touch with Riga city officials to protest their disregard for democracy and I would encourage you to get in touch with the Latvian gay group Mozaika to see how the British embassy can be of assistance in helping them to stage their parade.

    Yours sincerely

  13. A Latvian friend of mine responds to talk of violence against gays in Latvia as “Russian-sponsored.” She sees any manifestation of homophobia as obviously spurred by the Russians to blacken Latvia’s reputation in Europe and create chaos in Latvia, thereby paving the way for a return of Russian rule. Sad that she can’t imagine Latvians as anything more than puppets. The Latvians aren’t responsible–it’s always Russians.

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