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Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hungary's homophobic capital

As it did last year, the police in Budapest has banned the gay demonstration Budapest Pride, which was planned for June 7, on the grounds that it will hinder the flow of traffic. According to the left-liberal daily Magyar Narancs the traffic argument is just a pretext: "The so-called peace march [a demonstration of solidarity with the right-wing conservative government in January attended by more than 100,000 people] didn't particularly hinder the traffic in Budapest, but it seems we're dealing with a double standard here. ... Because it's nothing but homophobia when the police say that many families will no doubt go out walking in the city on June 7 because 'nice weather' is expected. And clearly they will feel bothered by the parade. That so many innocent children could run into a bunch of gays doesn't bear thinking about! No doubt the minors will all turn into gays at the mere sight of them, and what's worse, Hungary's very spirit will die out. ... Anyone who doesn't break the law should be able to go out and demonstrate. That's democracy."

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