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First Equality March in Kryvyi Rih, - photo

Unprecedented security measures were taken in the city
12:24, 22 July 2018

The first Equality March with several dozen people took place in Kryvyi Rih on Sunday, July 20. 0564 local outlet reports. 

According to the message, people peacefully marched on Eduard Fuchs street with posters and LGBT community emblem. The overall length of the march was about 100 m.  

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Some participants partially covered their faces. 

‘We want to attract people's attention to the problems we have and want to call them to a dialogue. It is not an act of provocation, we are just demonstrating our openness to a dialogue and our readiness to help others to solve problems as well,’ Borys Zlotchenko, the Head of Kryvbass Pride (LGBT community in Kryvyi Rih) claimed.  

According to him, some representatives of the LGBT community didn’t participate in the march fearing for their safety.  

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Reporters gathered in the Patrol Police Department at 8:00 a.m. The location of the march wasn’t reported until the very last moment. 

Later, the reporters were brought to the place, where the road was sealed off by hundreds of police officers and buses. The police guarded the perimeter, and together with the National Guard watched the courtyards of the nearby houses. 

Related: Kyiv Equality March 2018: Clash of traditional and non-traditional values

Reportedly, earlier, when Borys Zlotchenko claimed that he was going to organize the Equality March in the city in July, the petition for banning the activities of the LGBT community was registered on the website of Kryvyi Rih City Council. The deputies of the City Council didn't endorse it though. 

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