Is Madrid Trying to Shut Down Gay Pride?

Published Date Author: , November 26th, 2013

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Organizers of Madrid’s Gay Pride festival say the city is trying to financially “strangle” the event by imposing excessive fines that will shut it down if they continue, the Guardian reports:

“You can’t levy such barbaric fines on an event that’s so important to the city,” said Boti Rodrigo, president of the Federacion Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales. “These fines put the survival of Madrid Pride in serious jeopardy.”

This is the fourth successive year the festival has been fined for noise violations. Past fines ranged from [euro]35,000-[euro]50,000, against which organisers successfully appealed and had reduced or waived. The courts have so far reduced one of the fines to [euro]600, but have yet to rule on the other two. This year’s edition of Madrid Pride, held in July, earned 15 fines totalling [euro]159,809. Organisers have appealed against the fines, but said it could take more than a year before they find out if their appeal is successful.

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