Anti-gay Latvian group charges Blair with interfering

March 14, 2007

Story by UK Gay News

LONDON — A letter of protest has been sent to British Prime Minister Tony Blair by the Latvian “No Pride” group, which organized the protest against Riga Gay Pride last year when demonstrators threw excrement at Pride participants.

Signed by Igors Maslakovs, the group’s chair, the letter accuses the United Kingdom of “interfering with Latvia’s internal politics."

The government, the Mayor of London, and the UK Parliament, along with the Europe-wide ILGA-Europe NGO, are asked to “respect the views of the Latvian society” and their rights to self-determination and sovereignty.

“Propagating and supporting radical foreign groups with totalitarian characteristics you shamelessly breach the choice of citizens of the sovereign state of Latvia’s to live in a free and democratic nation. All such activities are criminally punishable in Latvia,” he writes in the “open letter” to Blair.

The letter comes as the gay prides of Riga and Latvia signed a ‘pact of cooperation’ on Thursday.

Also last week the former NFL player Ken Hutcherson (Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks) joined fellow American anti-gay human rights activist Scott Lively at a conference in Riga organized by Janis Vanags, Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, where leaders and representatives of all main denominations of Latvia met at the Consistory.

Janis Smits, chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights and Social Affairs Committee, Talivaldis Talbergs, president of the Latvian Christian radio, Inta Feldmane, MP, and Aina Krukle, representative of the Riga City Council and others also participated in this discussion.

According to the website NewGeneration.lv, “The US guests did not need introduction – their human rights and anti-gay movement activities widely known in Latvia”.

“It is a huge honor for me to be in such a company,” NewGeneration reported Hutcherson as telling the conference.

“I will try to be useful in resolving the problems which we all care about. Homosexual pressure is experienced today by many countries. Where the danger was not identified timely and the destructing forces of homosexuality were not evaluated timely, we see how homosexuality is spreading widely and becoming legal.

“There many countries on the world today where same-sex marriages are legalized, where same-sex adoption in possible, where education of a new generation is based on sexual diversity and family transformation. We need to talk today about the fact that the people simple overlook how homosexuality step by step forcefully taking space,” Hutcherson is quoted as saying. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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