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(en) Czech, afed: Duhová Plzen - The first September Saturday in Pilsen was the new local pride parade of Pilsen Pride. [machine translation]

Date Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:33:22 +0300


According to the organizers of the event, Plzen is rather a conservative city, where the LGBTQ + community has almost no background. That is why it was the idea to organize the first rainbow procession brave and from the beginning attracted the attention of various associations and individuals. A number of queer and anti-fascist organizations have also appeared in support of the new "pridu" - from the college around the traditionally mass Prague Pride to the new Queer Anarchist group or the Anarchist Federation. And it soon became clear that this support would be important. The organizing team did not really experience, which is not surprising when it was his first major public event. ---- That it is not a bloody march was obvious when social networks started to mobilize various Nazis and Nazis against the Pilsen Pride and to make the shoulders of the type "get through the muzzle". The reliance of organizers on the police sounded to those who had richer experience with her as a clear zinc.

On Saturday, September 2, the participants of the Pilsen Pride started to meet at Mlýnské sruchy. Many had rainbow flags, and several flags of transgender people appeared. Clearly the largest transparency, "Do not adapt, change society," came from the recently formed Queer Anarchist Group (QAS). She offered to the others even prepared pickets. The local Anarchist Federation group has also expressed its support.

Parallel to the beginning of the rainbow event, there were about forty neo-ladies and "decent Czechs", who usually fulfilled the idea of white trash. Hateful speeches about "multi-cultures of fascism," white family rescue, and other nonsense enriched Karel Kryl's recorded music without knowing what really is the message of Kryl's creation.

In the meantime, the rainbow crowd grew to about three hundred. In addition to the organizers of the Pilsen Pride itself, representatives and representatives of Prague Pride, Fair Fair, Transparent and S Color Out have spoken. Maria Feryn of Transparent was the most appropriate. In her speech, she emphasized the need for solidarity across oppressed groups and that the fight against the oppression of queer people is still painfully up to date. There was also a commemoration of the first "Prida" - the Stonewall Riots, in which people bullied by their minority identity had stubbornly opposed the homophobic and transphobic state. After Maria publicly crippled Lidice's policy, the racist and the chauvinist Cunka, KDU representatives also stood up. He apologized for homophobic and authoritarian speeches of his party, which the audience appreciated by applause.

But it was already time to go. The Nazis decided to walk the procession across. About thirty of Pride subsequently blocked the street on May 5. There was a strange situation when a bunch of neo-Nazis and "normally-homophobic citizens" stood a few yards ahead of the procession. There was virtually no police presence on the ground, so at least a few anti-fascists in black, with a great transparency, formed a front line separating the Nook's visitors from the front row. Homophobes bellowed from the beginning, while the queers for some time held requests from the Pilsen Pride organizers who did not want to react to the bigot attacks in any way. The atmosphere of silence did not help, so the radical queers soon broke through the front of the slogan "Do not give the puppies a chance" and "Your children will be like us". Together with that, that the first rows stood firmly and did not step up anymore before the people stepped in, and the people took the courage and the slogans in their nicks, the determination and the sound anger quickly prevailed over the fears, and the bigots who apparently hoped for easy intimidation of queer people began to be somewhat confused crazy. In addition, their hate speech was rather laughing instead of fear. In that moment, the heels of the bed were to "solve" lightly the heavy-eyed men who had been pushing the right-handers very slowly. The attempt of local nazi hooligans, who were completely out of the police attention at the time, about the theft of the Young Green Flag, did not act very determinedly. Very quickly they came to her. they began to be somewhat confused and helpless. In addition, their hate speech was rather laughing instead of fear. In that moment, the heels of the bed were to "solve" lightly the heavy-eyed men who had been pushing the right-handers very slowly. The attempt of local nazi hooligans, who were completely out of the police attention at the time, about the theft of the Young Green Flag, did not act very determinedly. Very quickly they came to her. they began to be somewhat confused and helpless. In addition, their hate speech was rather laughing instead of fear. In that moment, the heels of the bed were to "solve" lightly the heavy-eyed men who had been pushing the right-handers very slowly. The attempt of local nazi hooligans, who were completely out of the police attention at the time, about the theft of the Young Green Flag, did not act very determinedly. Very quickly they came to her.

The rest of the way to the cultural center Papírna na Slovanech, where the procession ended, was quite calm. It is a shame that Prida did not fully understand the chanting and that there was no music at the event that would make it more resilient. In the industrial premises Papírny was waiting for stalls of various organizations and, of course, refreshments, thanks to which she started here smaller afterparty, which then continued in Míša Klubu. Just like the whole day, it was very disgraceful and the police were constantly patrolling around the camp in both civilian and uniform, but the mood did not make any difference.

Bottom line: It's great that Pilsen experienced its first Pride on Saturday. But it is even better that people in the process did not step in front of the Nazis and that radical queers and nequeers arrived at the event to support and offer their socially critical alternative to today's predominant perception of pride parades such as celebratory consumption and corporate PR.

http://www.afed.cz/text/6741/duhova-plzen
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