Moldovan LGBT march location changed
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||16 May 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Moldovan LGBT march location changed, 16 May 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51a47a0d16.html [accessed 23 October 2016]|
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May 16, 2013
By RFE/RL's Moldovan Service
Moldovan LGBT activists hope that around 50 people will take part in an upcoming march in support of their community. (file photo)
CHISINAU – A march scheduled for May 19 in downtown Chisinau by Moldova's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community will take place in another part of the city.
RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports the decision to change the venue was made following pressure from local authorities, who raised fears of clashes and social tensions.
LGBT organizers say they hope that about 50 people will take part in the march and have hinted that some Western ambassadors and "one member of the European Parliament" will participate.
Groups related to the Orthodox Church have been critical of the authorities' decision to allow the march and have called for a counterdemonstration on the same day.