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France: Plans for anti-same-sex marriage Champs Elysees march refused by police

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  1. Good on the police for saying no!

    And am not surprised that the organisers have not met with the police to arrange a different route, typical of a group of people who only want their own way.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Mar 2013, 3:15pm

    Now let’s hope our police say no to the one French activists plan in Trafalagar Square on the same day.

  3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Mar 2013, 3:36pm

    Good to read for a person who personally has experienced violence from the police-physically and mentally,(on many occasions) in my teens and twenties. (in Norway) Just because I was gay.What a change ! Thank You-French Police !

    1. David in Indianapolis 15 Mar 2013, 6:55pm

      And just look at Norway now!!

      What you said gives me hope for the rest of us – the gay Americans in this case – that yes, there IS some light at the end of the tunnel!

      1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Mar 2013, 10:51pm

        Hi, David in Indianapolis. I cross my fingers for You, your brothers and sisters in The USA. Changes will come. Your present Administration has given many positive signals, especially the former Secretary of State , H. Clinton . Police in Norway are very friendly today. And they encourage the Gay Community to contact them if some trouble should arise. Gay police officers participate in Pride parades. A warm hug to You, David !

  4. Will our Police stop them coming here to protest in Trafalgar Square on 24th March.

    1. CH Brighton 15 Mar 2013, 4:33pm

      As I understand it, most people called to the protest on 24th March, are French residents of London and their English supporters (a crowd of whom supported the February anti-equality demo in Paris). If the antis atheventire supporting each other, then we pro-equality people should support efforts to bring about equal marriage on both sides of the Channel.

  5. GingerlyColors 16 Mar 2013, 12:53am

    It is all to easy to praise the Gendarmes for not allowing the anti gay marriage protest but people do have the right to protest and public assembly, even if they are a bunch of losers with nothing better to do with their spare time. We are quick to condemn police forces across Europe when they try to stop gay pride marches but happy for them to stop our opponents from making fools of themselves in public. The police are supposed to be impartial.
    Public demonstrations can be disallowed when there is a risk of violence between different groups of people but an anti gay marriage protest is not likely to be ambushed by a violent pro-gay mob. Having said that there is a danger that a pro-gay protest could be attacked by Jean-Marie Le Pen’s thugs and if the police had to stop a pro-gay march then it is only fair that they should also stop anti-gay marches as well. We can be thankful that more people are now turning out in support of gay marriage and not the other way round.

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