The Rīga District Administrative Court has upheld a decision by the Rīga City Council to ban a July 22 gay pride parade in the city, according to Latvian media.
Organizers of “Rīga Pride 2006” asked the court to review the council’s July 19 decision. The council denied the permit citing unspecified security concerns.
The court’s July 21 ruling apparently means no public parade will occur in the Old City district of Rīga, but organizers might move the event to private property, the Web portal Apollo reported.
Organizers may also appeal the court’s ruling.
Last year, the city council issued a permit for the first-ever gay pride parade, but the city manager revoked the permit. However, in that case the Rīga District Administrative Court ruled that the city must re-issue the permit.
This year’s parade was scheduled as part of the July 19-23 Friendship Days in support of Latvia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
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