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Moldovan LGBT March Location Changed

Moldovan LGBT activists hope that around 50 people will take part in an upcoming march in support of their community. (file photo)
CHISINAU -- A march scheduled for May 19 in downtown Chisinau by Moldova's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community will take place in another part of the city.

RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports the decision to change the venue was made following pressure from local authorities, who raised fears of clashes and social tensions.

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LGBT organizers say they hope that about 50 people will take part in the march and have hinted that some Western ambassadors and "one member of the European Parliament" will participate.

Groups related to the Orthodox Church have been critical of the authorities' decision to allow the march and have called for a counterdemonstration on the same day.