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WorldPride parade a no go

Security issues have forced the organizers of WorldPride 2006 in Jerusalem to cancel the Pride parade scheduled for Thu, Aug 10.

“As a result of the current hostilities in the region, the Jerusalem WorldPride march will be postponed,” stated local organizers Jerusalem Open House (JOH) in an official statement.

“The march that was scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, requires extensive security, including police reinforcements from other parts of the country, which the police are unable to provide for at these volatile times.”

According to JOH, the 2006 march hasn’t been abandoned altogether, but will take place “as soon as the circumstances in the region allow.”

“A new date for this year’s Pride March in Jerusalem will be announced as soon as a cease fire is achieved in the region. We hope and pray together with our colleagues and supporters around the world for a near end to hostilities and suffering in the region.”

An annual Pride parade has been held in Jerusalem since 2002. An estimated 800 police officers were on hand at the 2005 event. Despite precautions, three participants were injured when a protestor broke through police lines and stabbed them.

As of Jul 21, all other WorldPride 2006 events are expected to continue as planned. An alternative to the Aug 10 march is expected to be announced shortly.