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The future of the parade of pride in suspicion in the police uniform is dying


The next annual Pride Parade in Auckland might be at risk, as some partners and sponsors are re-thinking about their funding after the pillar due to the ban on uniformed police.

Police at the Wellington Pride Parade

Police at the Wellington Pride Parade.
Photo: RNZ / Reyes Lyon

Earlier this month, the Auckland Pride Committee announced it would allow the police to join the parade in 2019 – only in uniform.

The Pride Committee says that their communities in long riots triggered problems and concerns about the police through a series of hui.

The visibility of the police uniform, she said, made some feel less confident in participating, so a compromise decision was made.

An extra meeting in Greene Linne was held last night to discuss the decision.

People against prison sentences Aotearo are one of those that are in favor of this – pointing to what they say is a growing problem of police brutality against the Maori.

"They want to use pride as an opportunity for PR. People against prisoners Aotearoa says when you stop hitting and shaking and roaring rocking and shooting Maori, then you can use gay people as a PR stunt," spokeswoman Emilie Rakete said.

She spoke at an "extremely tense" meeting and said that one man shouted and interrupted people who said that word.

"Finally, everyone was sick, and the facilitator asked him to leave and the crowd also joined.

"Then he got out of the chair, went to the place where I sat and stood above me screaming in the face that Maori asked him when the police killed us, shaking my face and shouting at me.

"When I told him, you might need to think about leaving it to spit on my face."

Max Tveedie, a Volunteer and Event Officer for the AIDS Foundation, also agreed with the decision and said that the meeting was an opportunity to present the facts.

"People who opposed the decision of the board, they were there to shout and move the cavity and as soon as they failed to get out, they could not vote on the board, they all went away and it was disappointing because I thought the opportunity was present and people they talked about my views. "

Michael Stevens was among many frustrated opponents of the board decision, and went after the strike.

It was previously abandoned when the board said it would not reconsider its decision.

He said that about a third of those present supported the police who marched in uniform.

"Looking at the pride of the charity for their charity, they have a statement to be included in the whole group of longs and it must involve the police," Stevens said.

"It seems to me that they are contrary to their consistency if they continue to use this attitude.

"So I think they have to go back and re-examine their position, I do not want to see them go, I want to see them better."

He said members had raised a vote of confidence in the committee – with a special assembly meeting to be held in the coming weeks.

"Some people have called the board to resign, some have called for Pride to postpone next year.

"I do not know how often these views are held, but there is an enormous amount of anger and fear in the whole situation, and I think it could have been resolved much better than it was."

"I think there's a chance that a parade might not happen."

Gresham Bradley was one of the co-presidents of Auckland Pride until 2013, in his first year on the occasion of the festival and the parade.

He is critical of the decision and said that he is deeply concerned about his influence.

"I think that it is now triggering sponsors, it is the greatest risk, that sponsors will re-evaluate their position on sponsoring the festival and the parade and that people will consider whether they want to participate at the parade at all or at a reduced level.

He said he realized that the sponsors had already been discussing their involvement and was afraid that this could cause "irreparable damage".

"Pride is actually the moment when it attracted significant corporate sponsorship and participated in the festival and parades, and, of course, if it goes so that the Pride can continue to exist, because this event costs a lot of money."

Chairwoman Charles Rainbow for the benefit of New Zealand Gresham Bradley said the trusted committee was worried about the debate and would meet this evening to decide on the financing of Nature.

Association Ponsonbi Business says that its committee has considered its options.

Bear New Zealand, an inclusive social group, announced on its Facebook page this afternoon that they will not take part in the Pride Parade now.

The Chairman of the Auckland Pride Festival Cissi Rock Festival refused to comment before the board meeting tonight.

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