Israel: 20,000 attend Jerusalem's Pride Parade amidst heavy security

As many as 20,000 people were reported to attend Jerusalem's Pride march on Thursday, under heavy police protection. One of the demonstrators, Yossi Alex, gave his reasons for attending the event: «Jerusalem is a city that belongs to everyone. Some people try to deny this fact, and think they own it, and we are here to show that this city is important to all of us, and everyone has a place here... Еще.» At the same time, two right-wing groups held counter protests on the sidelines of the event, but were prevented from approaching the parade by police. The pride march in Jerusalem was secured with a heavy police presence as a result of a stabbing incident which occurred at the city’s pride event in 2015, when ultra-Orthodox extremist Yishai Schlissel fatally stabbed 16 year-old marcher Shira Banki and wounded six others. The attack occurred only three weeks after Schlissel was released from a ten year sentence for stabbing Pride attendees in 2005.

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