Through Margaux Thokagevistk
Will the pride march take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 In Toulouse ?
D-13 of the event which brings together nearly 30,000 people each year, the question remains unresolved. And for good reason, the discussions between the Prefecture of the Haute Garonne and the organizers of the collective Toulouse pride are deadlocked.
Scheduled for Saturday, October 9
The pride march was to be held as every year between the Place du Capitole, where a pride village is installed, and the rue de Metz, passing through the main arteries of the Toulouse city center. At the origin of the disagreement: the request made by the State services to change the date of the event or the route of the procession, “for security reasons” linked to the probable concomitance with the demonstration, which not declared, sanitary pass tickets.
For associations defending LGBTQI + rights in Toulouse and Occitanie, these requests are not acceptable. They are even unworthy, which is why nearly 40 of them have co-signed a text denouncing this attempt “to invisibilize LGBTQI + people and their struggles, as well as the freedom to demonstrate. ”
We had two proposals: to postpone the march by one day, in other words to parade on Sunday instead of Saturday, or to accept another route with a start at the level of the Compans-Cafarelli district, therefore outside the hyper-center and from the Place du Capitole. Clearly, they want to put us aside. This is unacceptable. Already in 2019, there had been pressure because of the demonstrations of the yellow vests. We were finally successful and everything went very well. I don’t see why that wouldn’t be the case this year. ”
“An inadmissible blackmail”
Faced with the refusals of the organizers, the Prefecture raises its tone evoking a risk to public order. In a letter dated September 15, the director of the prefect’s cabinet indicated “to reserve the right to issue an order to prohibit the pride march”. An announcement that had the effect of a new mass coup for the director of Pride Toulouse.
In 2020, in view of the health situation, we had to cancel the pride march. It was not an easy decision to make but we took our responsibilities. Again this year, we waited until October for the event organizer, instead of the usual June, to be able to demonstrate in the safest way possible. And now the Prefecture is blackmailing us … it’s unacceptable. “
An online request
But after several meetings and telephone exchanges, it is the status quo. Everyone stands in their positions. In the deadlock, the members of the Pride Toulouse association launched an online petition to mobilize opinion. This has already been signed by more than 1,660 people in the space of a few days. It must be said that the emotion is strong. On social networks, many Internet users were part of their indignation.
– François Piquemal (@FraPiquemal) September 26, 2021
🏳️🌈 Pride Market 🏳️⚧️
We want to be safe,
We will be visible,
We will be proud! ??
Press release ⤵️https://t.co/B9zX0Zjfdo
– Jules & Julies (@julesetjulies) September 24, 2021
Where does a pride march constitute a public disorder ?! We walk on our heads there 🤬 each of us must do something by signing the petition on https://t.co/SKwcFXpBEO !#ProudMarket #Toulouse #LGBTQIA https://t.co/U7KXqCEF2j
– Yanek ZIOLKOWSKI (@YaZIOL) September 26, 2021
However, will this be enough to change the Prefecture’s mind? It is still too early to tell. In any case, Jérémy Perrard warns: “We will go to the end of our fight. The right to protest is a constitutional right. We therefore call on the State to reverse its decision and allow us to demonstrate in a hyper-center on Saturday, October 9 while ensuring the protection of all participants. “
What the Haute-Garonne prefecture offers
For the Haute-Garonne prefecture, “all of the discussions that have taken place with the organizers for several weeks have had the sole objective of finding the best solution to ensure the holding of this important event in the best conditions. undeclared demonstrations take place every Saturday on the boulevards, giving rise to recurring disturbances of public order on part of the route that the Pride march wishes to follow. collectively ensure the safety of these and those who participate in them, as well as those of Toulouse, the prefecture has proposed several alternative routes in the city center, which were refused by the organizers. Obviously, to facilitate the smooth running of this event “.
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