Lithuanian LGBT pride march organizers appeal against ban to march along central Vilnius street

Organizers of the LGBT pride parade in Vilnius have taken to court the city authorities’ refusal to allow the event on the central Gedimino Avenue.

“The appeal was filed yesterday,” Vladimir Simonko, the leader of the Lithuanian Gay League, confirmed to BNS on Saturday.

The municipality maintains that the permit to march along the central street was refused due to what it said was “high probability of incidents and threat to public peace, morals, and public safety, regardless of high police presence.”

The Vilnius administration suggested that the rally could take place in a more remote location on Upės Street. However, the Lithuanian Gay League disagrees and wants to march on Gedimino Avenue, a common venue for other types of events and demonstrations.