Dutch police abandon Gay Pride canal boat

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5 May 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have jettisoned plans to allow gay officers to participate in the Gay Pride canal parade in Amsterdam in August.

5 May 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have jettisoned plans to allow gay officers to participate in the Gay Pride canal parade in Amsterdam in August.

Gay Business Amsterdam secretary Siep de Haan said he had initially been told that police officers from various European cities would participate in this year's parade through Amsterdam's canals.

"But the officers from the Netherlands, France and Germany are not allowed on the boat in uniform," De Haan told Expatica News on Wednesday.

Despite the setback, De Haan said the organisers of the canal parade were urging police to participate in the parade either without uniform or in old police uniforms.

Amsterdam police will only be involved in the parade to maintain public order. "During the parade we will only do our work," a police spokeswoman told newspaper De Telegraaf.

She also denied that gay Amsterdam police had applied to participate in the parade with their own boat. "We don't need to present ourselves in this manner."

Amsterdam police will be present throughout the Gay Pride festival though, as members of its gay network Roze in het Blauw (Pink in the Blue) hand out information folders and gadgets.

Prior to the start of the Gay Pride, a police symposium will also be held focusing on the treatment of gay people within the police corps.

The Gay Pride event will be staged from 5 to 8 August and the ninth canal parade will be held on Saturday 7 August. Some 250,000 people are expected to watch about 80 boats make their way through their Dutch capital's canals.

Click here for more information on Gay Pride in Amsterdam.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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