Gay pride rally in Prague attracts thousands

Thousands of gay rights supporters took to the streets of the Czech capital in the Prague Pride march on Saturday, which kicked off with a showing of solidarity with those who were gunned down in a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub in June.

"Love is stronger than hate" was one of the central themes of this year's parade, which organizers said attracted crowds of between 15,000 and 20,000.

On June 12, a terrorist gun attack left 49 dead at a popular gay club in Orlando, Florida, sparking an international outpouring of solidarity with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

Saturday's event began with a tribute to the victims of that attack at the city's central Wenceslas Square.

The protesters were also campaigning for greater tolerance within the Czech Republic.

"It's not possible for same-sex couples in the Czech Republic to adopt children: That has to change," said Prague resident Marketa, who attended the march.

The country does not allow same-sex marriage, but gay couples can enter into civil partnerships.

The Czech minister for regional development, Karla Slechtova, and Prague Mayor Adriana Krnacova were there to show their support, alongside local celebrities and throngs of colourfully dressed revellers.

Last update: Sat, 13/08/2016 - 16:55
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