Thirty-one embassies supporting the Budapest Pride

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The pressure on some countries that signed this year's letter of support must have been high, because even the Romanian and Estonian embassies signed it.

Any state that does not stand behind the event can expect to be called homophobic.

Turkey is not among the signatories; last week in Istanbul, Turkish police dispersed a gay crowd by using teargas against them.

The signatories expressed their hope that the Hungarian people will behave respectfully and don't interfere with the event; authorities must be ready to prevent ‘extremists’ from getting close to the marchers; the diplomats hope that the event will end peacefully.

Budapest Pride organizers welcomed Pope Francis’ message issued a few days ago in which the pope urged the church to apologise to the gay people. As a result, organizers invited priests, and pastors to this year’s Budapest parade, which will be held on Saturday; in case of enough participants a separate marching group will be organized for the clergymen and women because the event can’t be complete without them write organizers.

The letter has been signed by embassies of The United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Canada, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and New Zealand.