Cyprus Mail

Accept LGBT condemn heckling of Diko leader

Nicolas Papadopoulos (in pink shirt) with other party leaders at the Gay Pride event on Sunday

President of Accept LGBT Cyprus Costas Gavrielides condemned on Monday the heckling of Diko leader, Nicolas Papadopoulos, when he addressed Sunday’s Gay Pride parade.

Cyprus’ fourth Pride Parade in Nicosia was attended by party leaders including Papadopoulos but while he was addressing the crowd, Papadopoulos was heckled by the audience for his stance on Cyprus’ reunification talks. Representatives of Accept LGBT Cyprus condemned the incident and stressed that Papadopoulos had been invited to the event as a guest and that the theme of this year’s pride festival was “Speak Love – Speak with Love”.

“Although we are happy having people with different opinions joining the parade, the Pride Parade has nothing to do with politics,” Gavrielides told the Cyprus Mail, adding that the parade’s aim was to support every individual’s right to be accepted and included in the society.

Gavrielides highlighted that Diko had always endorsed the organisation’s goals and Papadopoulos had attended every the parade since it first started four years ago. He also voted for the law passed to criminlise unacceptable behaviour and violence against people based on their sexual orientation.

Some of the participants in the parade voiced their demands for the reunification of Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots also joined the march.

“This year’s pride parade was the most successful one as approximately 6000 people joined the event and we were happy to see that participation rate ranged from the young to the elderly,” said Gavrielides.


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