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(en) Czech: afed: Pilsen Pride 2018 -- Report from the Pilsen March for LGBTQ Rights [machine translation]
Wed, 5 Sep 2018 08:56:55 +0300
The second year of the Pilsen Pride festival - the local equivalent of the Prague Grand
Prix - took place this year in Pilsen. The march, which took place on Saturday 25 August,
was attended by members and members of the Anarchist Federation, part of the block
organized by the Alt * Pride group, which also set out to support the LGBTQ community in
Pilsen. ---- Around the third afternoon, participants in the Mill Mill began to meet the
march. Despite the weather that was not as sunny as it used to be, the rainbow flags
eventually gathered around 300 people - whether from the LGBTQ community, friends of the
LGBTQ community, or just people who do not care how society matters rights for all.
A few dozen meters away, a circle of about 40 neo-Nazis from the DSSS and the obsessive
association "Czech Pilsen" were hanging on social networks calling their supporters at a
meeting "for a traditional family".
After some time, the rainbow march went on the road - it is obvious at first glance that
it is a much smaller event than the Prague Pride, which is still discovering its
potential. Compared to the gigantic Prague Pride, there are no allegorical cars, musical
accompaniments or balloons, but there is no determination and good mood.
Last year , a group of neo-Nazis defending the "traditional family" attempted to disrupt
the march, and the police had begun to deal with the situation very late, which was
certainly an unpleasant experience for all who had to listen to the homophobic and
transfomous mobs of the nazi.
This year, the police obviously decided to rectify their reputation and perhaps put all
the available technology and human resources into action. In the city, for example, a
water cannon, a dron and a certain, yet unknown type of cops resembling pyrotechnics.
In spite of all the deployed forces, however, the cops failed to prevent the Nazis'
attempt to block, so warriors for the "traditional family" (allegedly "bullfighting to
distract") stopped the march for several minutes. As decent citizens, however, they
listened to the police and stood on the sidewalk so that, apart from the heavy-haired,
they could scream with curses and spray Coca-Cola. But no bigger clash took place, and
besides the padded jacket, this bizarre action did not have any consequences.
The neo-Nazi action of the morals of the present did not diminish, on the contrary, she
raised it when they were labeled as a traitor, and the procession went on a march through
the center of the city. Many people of all age groups expressed support from the windows
and the atmosphere was excellent all the time.
After less than an hour, the participants took the action to the end of the route - to the
Pilsen Papírna, where they could refresh and pick up magazines and merch different groups
(among others the Alt * Pride group). However, most of the participants were quickly taken
to the after-party, which took place in the nearby club.
We are delighted that we could support this event, which hopefully will soon become a
tradition, and the numbers of its participants will only increase.
So we hope that next year we will see you in Pilsen, Pilsen Pride really deserves our support.
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