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London District Wants Prohibition Rainbow Flag

by Editors in History & Politics , 26 april 2005

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There’s nothing new under the sun. Just as happened last year in Amsterdam, public servants in London are of the opinion that rainbow flags are a commercial expression and... one has to pay for those. “For a commercial expression you’re money due to the city. This also goes for the rainbow flag. We’re not doing this to harass gay people, it’s just the way the law works,” says a spokesman for the district council.

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, however has engaged in a battle against one of the councils in his city. The district involved also includes the famous neighborhood Soho en the district council has ordered that all rainbow flags must be removed. According to the council involved none of these flags fly with the necessary permits and that’s of course an abomination for any civil servant.

Livingstone doesn’t agree with the position of the council and emphasizes that the flag should be seen as a sign of gay emancipation.

“A prohibition of hanging out this manifestation of ‘gay pride’ is an affront of gay people,” said Livingstone, who wants to discuss the prohibition in the near future.

The council has given offenders of the new law the prospect of a 250 pounds fine.



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