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Serbia announces ban on upcoming gay pride parade

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s Interior Ministry announced Wednesday that it has ordered banned a gay pride march in Belgrade that was scheduled for this weekend, citing security concerns.

Authorities said they fear a repeat of the violence in 2010, when right-wing groups attacked such an event in Belgrade, triggering day-long clashes with the police that left more than 100 people injured.

An unnamed source within the ministry also confirmed that a request from Patriarch Irinej, the head of Serbia’s Christian Orthodox church factored into the decision.

Irinej, had urged the government to prevent Saturday’s march released a statement earlier this week in which he said that such a “parade of shame” would cast a “moral shadow” on Serbia. The country is deeply conservative and its small LGBT population has faced threats and harassment.

Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Monday that as many as 5,000 security personnel including anti-riot units, plainclothes agents and mounted police would be needed to ensure security around the parade.

European LGBT equality rights activists denounced the government’s announcement noting that Serbia’s bid to join the European Union should be turned down as the Balkan nation is failing to respect basic human rights as it seeks European Union membership.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Sometimes I despair and feel LGBT people should just leave places like this, come to the US or better yet, one of the European countries which respect their rights even better than we.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:15am
  2. Serbia’s loss. Some day the oppression will cease…

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:15am
  3. You expected more from the People who Butchered Tens of Thousands of Bosnians???

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:20am
  4. and this is surprising?

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:52am
  5. Well I was thinking of doing a study abroad in Serbia next year wont now unless it is to further the rights of the LGBTQ community in that area.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:57am
  6. Are all Serbians full of shit n hate? ??!!! Who wants to go to a poor pathetic country who still oppress its citizens.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:19am
  7. Given what is going on in Serbia, I think this is the least if thier worries.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:39am
  8. Grow up Serbia. Such a disappointment to hear that you are still going backwards in history.

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:07am
  9. And Serbia thinks it’s going to join the EU? At this rate it won’t happen until the year 3000!

    Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:59pm