Anti-gay parade held in Budapest
About 100 people attended a march for "heterosexual pride" in Budapest on Saturday afternoon, following the route of a gay pride parade held earlier in the capital.
One of the organisers, Csaba Koletar, said the aim of the march was to prevent homosexuals from using public spaces for their gatherings. The participants addressed a petition to two MPs of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, Dora Duro and Elod Novak, who attended the march, which asks for a modification of Hungary's law of assembly to prevent such gatherings. The MPs assured the marchers of their support.
This year the Gay Pride Parade was held on July 10 along Budapest's Andrassy Boulevard on a shortened route compared to earlier years and amid heavy police protection. The event, organised each year since 1997, has been disrupted by violent anti-gay radicals in each of the past three years.