The big demonstration for the CSD in Hamburg (Hamburg Pride) was canceled this year due to the corona. There was still a demo for equality of the queer community on Saturday – at a distance and on two wheels.
More than 2,000 people swung themselves on the saddle in Hamburg at a bicycle demonstration on the 40th anniversary of Christopher Street Day on Saturday.
In the first block of the field of participants: Hamburg’s first mayor Peter Tschentscher (54, SPD) and the second mayor and equal opportunity senator Katharina Fegebank (43, Greens).
For reasons of infection protection, the blocks were divided into 100 people each.
“After 40 years of CSD, this event continues to send an important signal, a political signal for tolerance and diversity,” said Tschentscher. For him, the CSD at the beginning of August is always the first appointment after his summer vacation.
Fegebank adds: “The Pride Week, especially the CSD, is a political demonstration for equal rights, for equal love and for all things in which the community is not yet equal.”
The bicycle CSD went from the Außenalster to the approximately eight-kilometer route through St. Pauli and Altona. The police spoke of 2100 participants, the chairman of the Hamburg Pride, Stefan Mielchen, counted 400 more. Traffic congestion in the city center included.
There were no incidents for this: “Everything went absolutely smoothly,” said a police spokesman.
“Two things were important to us: Ensuring freedom of assembly and thus the visibility of the queer community and at the same time taking infection protection into account”, explained the association’s chairman Mielchen.
The fact that the situation for LGBT people in Poland is getting worse shows that it is still important to have equal rights: “When the President of an EU country denies homosexuality to people, as Andrzej Duda did last, it is our duty to stand alongside the Polish community in solidarity. “
The final rally was canceled this year due to the corona rules.
According to the police, around 200,000 people came to the CSD in Hamburg last year, around 90,000 of whom participated in the demo.
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