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Pravda - Slovakia | Monday, August 15, 2011

Prague Pride didn't shake Czechs

Thousands of people took part in Prague's first Gay Pride parade on Saturday, which was very controversial right up to the event. A high-ranking adviser of President Václav Klaus made disparaging remarks about homosexuals, and Klaus defended him. The left-leaning daily Pravda writes that such parades should become the norm: "There was no Sodom and Gomorrah, no earthquake. Prague Castle is still standing and St. Vitus' Cathedral didn't wobble either. ... The self-confidence of this minority has grown in recent years, also thanks to the law on registered partnerships. ... Vice-chancellor Hájek didn't mince his words when he described homosexuals as 'perverted citizens'. And President Klaus started a fight with Western ambassadors in Prague who supported the festival. It's no wonder people waved banners saying 'The president is a disgrace' and 'My son is not a pervert'."

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