The May 8th parade has received a lot of attention from its proponents and its opponents. Both, are trying to portray the other side negatively. Members of Seimas are stressing that the parade is bad, that there should be no sexual minorities parades in Lithuania and so on. The other side, the organizers of the event, are trying to depict the intolerance of the opponents of the parade.
I do not agree with the aims of parliamentarians to prohibit the parade. However, the participants of the parade have to also understand that the parade will be a test to Lithuania on the limits of its tolerance. Some of the politicians get “caught” on this hook. They react to the parade as bulls to a red flag.
I think that the collection of signatures is an incorrect political reaction. They should not be involving the law enforcement in these arguments. Even though I have not seen the text sent to the Prosecutor General’s office, the action- an attempt with the aid of the Prosecutor to prohibit the organization of a parade to members of a different orientation- is in itself unacceptable to me.
As far as I know, the permit for the parade was granted legally. For this reason it does not need to be dealt with by the officers of law enforcement, minister told internet news portal alfa.lt.