Organization cancels LGBT + Pride march in Lisbon and criticizes DGS ‘unfavorable comments
The Lisbon LGBTI + Pride March Organizing Committee announced on Saturday that it was canceling the initiative and criticized the Directorate General of Health (DGS) for its unfavorable comments. The parade is scheduled for today.
“Despite more than two months of continuous liaison efforts, the day before the Directorate of Public Health (…) sent an unfavorable comment to prepare the event with the best conditions, recommendations and safety”, it was “impossible” to implement additional safety measures or alternative parade models, in addition to it Will not be allowed to withdraw “, it was planned today.
The organization argued in a statement that “the practice of expressing such an unfavorable opinion at a time when even a general repeal is not effective translates into a hidden form of restricting political rights, in particular, the right to protest.”
“We feel that the DGS has shown a disregard for the ongoing efforts to plan a safe political march, and a deep ignorance of its nature and what it means to our community,” the same note reads.
The organization maintained that “the recommended mitigation measures (…) to hold a march at the most favorable time (read adjournment of the demonstration) cover a wide range of inaccessible points”.
The recommendation for measuring body temperature, the availability of isolated toilets and the registration of all participants are problematic.
“Some of the recommendations raise constitutional and legal questions that deserve the most attention from the Lisbon LGPDI + Pride March Organizing Committee,” he stressed.
“We consider this opinion and the time when contempt and political error came,” the organization concluded.
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