Tensions amid Budapest Pride parade

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07/26/2021

Thousands of Hungarians marched in Budapest’s biggest Pride parade on Saturday, amid tension sparked by a series of anti-LGBTQ steps by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. After an “anti-pedophilia” law was adopted by the Hungarian Parliament last month, Orban’s critics at home and in Brussels have accused him of conflating pedophilia with homosexuality. “Many people are dismayed at the new law and the anti-gay propaganda,” said Johanna Majercsik, a spokesperson for the Budapest Pride organizer. “They want to show their support for the LGBTQ community,” Majercsik said, adding that this year’s parade was the biggest in its 26-year history. According to an Agence France-Presse photographer, more than 10,000 people took part in the colorful parade, which moved along a main boulevard before crossing the Danube River to finish in a park. Although Orban portrays the bill as protecting children, LGBTQ leaders say that it stigmatizes homosexuals and aims to shore up the premier’s radical right-wing support ahead of an election next year.

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