March of Equality organizers recieve threats - Amnesty International

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earier, Amnesty International blamed Ukrainian authorities for improper arrangement of safeguarding activities of the march participants
12:01, 16 September 2015


The organizers of the "March of Equality" held in Kyiv in June within the framework of international LGBT - forum receive threats, the executive director of Amnesty International in Ukraine Tetiana Mazur said.

"A good example of the”March of Equality “, which was supported by our organization. That was a public act and we walked in the march. And recently, a number of organizers, including us, though we were not the organizers, have received threats via SMS," Mazur said.

Earlier, Amnesty International claimed that the Ukrainian government had to make more efforts in advance in order to prevent violent attacks against LGBT activists during the "March of Equality" held in Kiev, June 6th. Denys Kryvosheiev, deputy director of Amnesty International in Europe and Central Asia regional office said that the police, instead of responding to the calls for violence by right-wing groups with an appropriate training, decided to provide protection to march participants only on the day of march. He expressed opinion that the injuries which took place could not happened if the law enforcement representatives spent more time on planning and coordination of the proper safeguard of the march participants.

As it was reported before, during the “March of Equality” held in Kyiv on the 6th of June, the parade opponents tried to prevent the march and provoked several fights with the police officers. As a result, nine policemen were injured. One of them was seriously wounded in the neck as a result of  ignator blast packed with metal shards. Also, as it was reported, there were injuries among the march participants. The parade itself ended in less than half an hour.

Previously,the mayor of Kyiv Vitalii Klychko called the march organizers to refrain from carrying it out due to possible provocations and the instability of the situation. Later, Klychko claimed thathe would punish the parade assaulters.

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