Methinks thats a picture of Prague; not Buda pest…..???
I’m sorry but which part of the day was peaceful???
two-metre steel fence was erected for the duration of the four kilometre parade route
Forty-one people from various anti-gay and fascist groups were arrested during clashes with police, some for carrying explosives
lone woman who was wearing a t-shirt in support of Pride
shows you how pathetic these homphobes are attacking a lone woman for wearing a t shirt supporting Pride. what a bunch of cowards. thugs who then attack the police because they are thwarted. support the march.
Interesting article – but it is good that it was not as bad as last year and that the Hungarian police helped make the Pride itself what it was through their security.
Well down to all who took par in the Pride
Having been there, I can say the march itself was peaceful. Being separated from the rest of the city defeated the purpose to some extent, but marching despite violent threats from extreme right wingers was a strong and important statement. The attack on the lone woman was not the only one unfortunately. A British tourist was also beaten up after an argument with some anti-gay protesters. Police officers standing close caught a few suspects in the crowd, but the man who was attacked could not identify his attackers with a convincing certainty.
Somewhat unwittingly, I left my bike at a place where the anti-gay groups gathered for their protest, so I had to walk past quite some of them to get it once the march was over. Being among them knowing that if they knew I came from the other side of the fence they would probably beat me up, was a surreal feeling. I also saw a group of teenagers leaving the scene of the protest with a disappointed face, probably because they could not assault anyone. That was a sad thing to see.
After the march was over and the hard core of the protesters were done launching attacks on the police forces gathered around the final point of the march, the protesters walked over to a football stadium where Hungary was playing against Sweden in a world cup qualifier. That says it all. The people causing all this trouble are nothing but a handful of football hoolingans who are, for some mysterious reason after gays. Hungary lost the match and also undoubtedly quite some face during this extremely strange day.
Oh, and fascists, football hooligans and extremists were not the only ones opposing the march. An MP from major opposition party FIDESZ announced in a press conference a few days ago that she had requested a ban on Pride at Budapest police as it would offend people. The request was tured down. Her party which is probably going to win at next year’s general elections did not want to make any comment apart from stating that she had filed the request as a private individual and not as an MP. The woman was referring to “culture war”, “homosexual propaganda” and she was recommending ex-gay therapy during the press conference which she also held as a private individual. These lies of homophobes international have finally reached my country. Hurray.
Although the picture shown next to this article is of Prague, believe me, Budapest is as charming. And although Budapest pride has become sort of a destination for disaster tourists, I love living here and I will not be frightened by all the bigots in the world.
I would like to thank the British man who was attacked for standing up for our rights. Thanks also to every friend who came to Budapest from abroad to support the community here. Also thanks to all the countries who supported Budapest Pride.
I think this report is good news (despite some worrying elements ie barricades; assaults etc.
For starters attendance was up to 2,000 this year (from 1,500 last year) despite the violence last year. That is good news.
Secondly the police seemed to act to protect the participants as they should do (it’s their job). Unlike in places like Moscow where the partipants were all arrested.
Obviously it’s appalling that facists and religious people were so visible but the whole point of Pride is to tell those evil people where to go. And they were successful. So well done Budapest.
I think anytime 2000 people attend a Gay Pride Event in a hostile atmosphere is wonderfully good and courageous! Our Pride folks are showing great integrity and strength and next year year there may be a 1000 more!
Although it felt a bit like it was a Pride for noone else but for us and the media, at least it was safe for the Participants. What went on behind the double fence is a different story though – it will take years and years to reach social integration here – unfortunately. But we can only go forward!
Please replace the picture of Prague with one of Budapest. Thanks.
I really don’t think Budapest or Hungary are massively homophobic in general. I was at Budapest Pride about 5 years ago and it was a peaceful and friendly parade and city.
I think the trouble of the last few years was as a result of neo-Nazi gangs and their religious chum. These people are small in number but can cause a lot of trouble. I imagine the majority of Hungarian people are a lot more reasonable.
And so long as the police and the authorities protect the Pride participants then the facist groups will soon tire of harassing the Pride parade.
That’s right, Mike, this is a picture of Prague, not Budapest. St John the Baptist’s pointed finger means that he is condemning the Hungarian right-wing extremists to hell. The Czech government took inspiration from him when it signed the joint press release in support of the Budapest Pride march.
Well, this is a worrying trend in Hungary, although hopefully not too much capital will be made of it my the political class. The media here tend to shy away from any controversial gay stories, or positive ones. In fact, there is usually a dearth of reporting on gay issues in the mainstream media. index.hu however provides more independent coverage of pride etc. Although I have no idea what to make of the most recent article in the Budapest Times: http://tinyurl.com/6hudoc2
Re: Budapest Times
(however I should mention that registration to comment in the newspaper never materialises. They can be contacted, however, at the following address for reader’s letters: Budapest Zeitung Kft.,
Szalonka u. 4/c., 1025 Budapest, HU. T: +36-1-453-0752)