The Pride March postponed due to a pandemic to June is due to take place on October 9 in downtown Toulouse. This demonstration, both protest and festive, could be canceled, following the ban from the city center by the prefecture for security reasons. The collective is mobilizing.
They were about fifty Saturday, September 25 to have met at the Place du Capitole to express their concern and their incomprehension. Activists and ordinary citizens came to support the Pride March this Saturday. Supported by a petition co-signed by around forty associations, they are contesting the prefecture’s decision to push this parade away from the city center on October 9. Pretext ? The fear of the various disturbances generated by other demonstrations that day. “The State must take its responsibilities, assures Jérémy Perrard, director of Pride Toulouse and not ask us to move this event to the periphery, far from any visibility. It is not possible”.
This organized, structured and secure parade has been strolling every year for twenty-five years in the city center of Toulouse. “We do not understand this arbitrary decision on a lasting event and which represents a fundamental right to demonstrate, which has never known violence or excesses while, moreover, the State condemned discrimination”, deplores Thierry Grandclément, president of Pride Toulouse, specifying that this March, threatened in 2019 with the yellow vests, had nevertheless taken place. “Obviously, specifies the collective, we will comply with the decisions of the prefecture, we will not go against the State but I prefer to think that this will not happen”. This ban on the Pride March, would be a “first” in France “, 50 years after the riots in SStonwall (United States) which launched in the world this great movement of struggle for the rights of emancipation of minorities. collective hopes for the mobilization of the public and counts on the government to allow this march to take place normally.