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The organizers of the largest in New Zealand the gay pride parade announced that they do not want to see the engagement of police officers in uniform. This was reported by the newspaper South China Morning Post.
The police usually take part in the processions. However, the next parade, which will be held in February 2019, they are not going to put as part of the LGBT community feels uncomfortable around police.
The organizers decision caused outrage among many participants: representatives of the armed forces of the country are already refusing to participate in solidarity with colleagues from the police. The event refused to support and sponsor companies, including Westpac Bank, mobile operator Vodafone and the Bank of New Zealand.
“In this situation was worth to stand on the side of the police. We would have sided with any thus excluded groups, we insist on openness for all” — appears in a press release from Vodafone.
The decision disliked in the LGBT community: charitable Foundation Rainbow New Zealand also refused sponsorship of the gay pride parade. In his statement stated that the ban on police uniforms was apparently adopted under pressure from the “small but loud minority” and contrary to the opinion of the greater part of the community.
New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. In 2017 in the country cancelled all previously convicted on charges of homosexuality.
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