The proposals, according to the organizers of the march, who did not want to introduce themselves publicly, were rejected for various reasons mentioned by the municipality.
The first was rejected because the route led through Vilniaus Street, which is planned to be repaired, the second – because one of the most intensive transport arteries would be closed – St. Gertrūdos Street – and the residents would suffer disproportionately great inconveniences.
The third – only on Laisvės Alley – was not suitable “for many reasons” either.
Doubts the impartiality of the municipality
“The municipality’s arguments seem questionable. At least from the perspective of European standards of freedom of assembly. “The European Court of Human Rights has consistently held that certain disturbances in everyday life, including commercial traffic and commercial activities, are not a reason to ban a meeting,” the march organizers said.
The municipality’s arguments seem dubious.
According to them, the municipality acts selectively and “pays attention to the interests of businesses or self-interested groups, not vulnerable groups”.
“It is common practice for marches and protests to close the streets and temporarily restrict other activities in order to ensure the right to make political demands.
The march does not take place every day, and the pains are old-fashioned, “the activists commented.
Regarding the decision not to issue a permit for the event, they stated that they were considering litigation with the municipality: “We are currently preparing a complaint with the Lithuanian team of administrative disputes with the team of lawyers.”
He says that the most important thing is security
Paulius Keras, Deputy Director of Kaunas Municipality Administration 15min stated that the municipality is neither “for” nor “against” LGBT marches in Kaunas – that the safety of people is the most important thing.
The municipality is neither “for” nor “against” such an event.
“We cannot restrict the freedom of expression by law and prohibit such marches. The municipality is neither “for” nor “against” such an event, but first of all we must ensure and take care of the safety of all Kaunas residents and guests of the city, “he said.
In coordinating the march routes, the municipality, according to the deputy, made arguments as to why one or the other of them is inappropriate and cannot be implemented.
“These issues are solved not only by the city, but also by the police, whose arguments and opinions we always take into account,” P. Kerer assured.
“It is important that the proposed march takes into account the essential criterion – the safety of people. Also, the events should not cause disproportionate inconvenience to the city’s residents, “he added.
Laisvės Alley – a lot of people, repairs are planned
P.Keras explained why the march could not take place in Kaunas Laisvės Alley – that it was due to both pavement defects that needed to be repaired and increased traffic.
“The construction of the alley is not one hundred percent complete, this object must be handed over by the contractor before the autumn, after repairing the defects. It will be necessary to replace the cracked granite slabs, fill the seams between them with screens and special mastic.
Due to the restrictions on activities during the quarantine and the related difficulties, as soon as the restrictions were released, Kaunas applied benefits to cafes and other catering establishments operating in Laisvės Alley – businesses in this sector were allowed to significantly expand customer service areas.
There was no way to ensure the safe and smooth passage and management of the large flow of people.
With the increase in the area of outdoor terraces, it was not possible to ensure safe and smooth passage and management of a large flow of people. The police could comment on this more, “he said.
It is planned that 3 thousand people will take part in the LGBT march. people, they will take place on September 4th.
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