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2014 07 08
Bulgaria: Pride March blocked by nationalist protesters

LGBTI rights defenders took to the streets of the Bulgarian capital Sophia for the seventh time on Saturday, calling on lawmakers and churches to respect their rights. Reports say around a hundred people marched, protected by hundreds more police officers. Marchers had hoped to march past the city’s Vasil Levski monument in the city center but were prevented from doing so by a group of counter-protesters from the nationalist Ataka party.

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church condemned the march in the lead up to the event, calling it a ‘march of proud sin.’ ‘They are a danger to the good upbringing of our children, destroy the foundations of the traditional family and threaten the good health of our society,’ the church said in a statement in June.

On 3 July, a large group of foreign ambassadors issued a statement in support of the march which was published on the website of the British embassy in Sofia. ‘We would like to convey our support to all people who either actively participate in or back this year’s Sofia Pride on 5 July 2014,’ the statement reads. ‘Promoting the principle of equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is an important aspect of a tolerant and respectful civil society. No one should ever be discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. By signing this statement, we would like to stress that any democratic society should stand up for open-mindedness towards LGBTI people.’

The statement was signed by the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United States, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and South Africa.

Read more on gaystarnews.com.

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