2021.06.29 11:11

Kaunas Pride organisers sue the city for refusing to allow march on central street

BNS, LRT.lt2021.06.29 11:11

The organisers of Kaunas Pride, planned for early September, have sued the city for refusing to grant permission for the LGBTQ+ event.

The May 1 Trade Union (Gegužės 1 Profesinė Sąjunga, or G1PS), the organiser, says it has proposed three alternative routes for the pride march on September 4, but Kaunas Municipality refused to accept any of them.

Read more: Lithuania’s Kaunas denies permission to hold gay pride march

According to G1PS, the city argued that the event would disturb traffic and that the central Laisvės Avenue was too narrow for the march.

This, the organisers of Kaunas Pride say, is unreasonable and discriminatory, since a number of public events have been held on the central street. They called the city's arguments “formal, declarative and hostile” to the freedom of assembly.

The organisers have asked the court to give a ruling before the event and oblige Kaunas Municipality to allow the march on Jonavos Street, Šv Gertrūdos Street and Laisvės Avenue or an alternative route that would include Laisvės Avenue.

The Regional Administrative Court said on Monday it would decide shortly whether to accept the lawsuit.

LGBTQ+ pride events have been held in Vilnius since 2010. Kaunas Pride would be the first LGBTQ+ pride event outside the Lithuanian capital.

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