Swedish Immigration Minister Tobias Billström joined in the march saying they carried the Swedish flag alongside the rainbow one. ”It’s a good demonstration.”
He told news agency TT, pointing out that an important difference between Stockholm’s Gay Pride and the one in Riga was the number of participants. In Sweden some 300,000 take part, in the Latvian capital about 500 people gathered in the park that sported a high fence and police stationed around the perimeter.
About 1 km away, some 1,500 people attended a ”World Against Homosexuals” concert.
Last year Latvia banned a gay parade and came under criticism from the European Union.