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Dozens injured in Montenegro during gay pride march

Sunday, October 20, 2013

PODGORICA, Montenegro — Police in Montenegro fired tear gas to repel anti-gay extremists who threw rocks and firebombs at officers protecting a gay pride march Sunday, officials said. About 60 people were injured.

The violence occurred when the attackers tried to push through hundreds of police to reach those taking part in the march in Podgorica, the capital of the staunchly conservative Balkan country. After the march, the gay rights demonstrators were evacuated to a safe location in police vehicles.

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Members of the Montenegrian gay community march down a street in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, before their event was interrupted by dozens of rock-throwing opponents.

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Protesters throw stones at the members of the riot police in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

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A Montenegro police officer fires tear gas, during a gay pride march, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Police have used tear gas against dozens of rock-throwing opponents of a gay pride march in Montenegro.

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Montenegro police officers use their shields for cover during a gay pride march, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Oct. 20, 2013.

Police said about 20 of the injured during the clashes were officers, and the remaining 40 were from “hooligan groups.” About 60 of around 1,500 extremists who took part in the riots were arrested, police said.

March organizer Danijel Kalezic said the police protection allowed about 150 gay activists to walk peacefully through the city.

“As of today, gay people are no longer invisible in Montenegro,” Kalezic said. “From today, these streets are ours as well.”

Such pride marches are seen as a test of Montenegro’s commitment to human rights as it seeks to join the European Union. Gay rights opponents attacked a similar march in July in the coastal town of Budva.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. the eastern bloc is so harsh , but then is 50 years behind the times thanks to communism

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:16pm
  2. 50 years of capitalism aint so grand either j/s

    Replied on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:21pm
  3. indeed but its better than thatv

    Replied on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:24pm
  4. well the middle east is, at least, 1500 years behind the times...

    Replied on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:28am
  5. God bless Montenegro, and its Police for taking a stand for Human Rights

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:19pm
  6. Police everywhere can learn a vital lesson here. you work for the people and you are to protect them from all enemies and threats be the government, corporate or personal.

    Replied on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:03pm
  7. communism sucks

    Replied on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:27am
  8. This is another day of sadness for the human race. Where is the LOVE!

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:30pm
  9. That’s so sad that people got hurt. The extremes people go to trying to stop something that is really, none of their concern, is sickening and devastating. If people don’t like that way of life, then they should shut up and be grateful they don’t have to live that way, because they have that freedom, and move on. These people deserve that freedom too, and it’s stupid that they have to fight for it. Nobody is trying to change anyone else, they’re just trying to be free to be themselves, as anyone deserves that freedom.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:37pm
  10. GOD bless the police officers for being heroes and supporting human rights

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:45pm
  11. stop the HATE

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 4:49pm
  12. if the extreme right in America has it’s way this will be the oppression hurled at LGBTQ in this country one day…will the American right be there to stand up for our civil rights should this be us?…..God bless Monenegro for standing up for civil rights.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:06pm
  13. Pathetic and sad.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:08pm
  14. dont stop the fight agains homophobia.well done montenegro police….

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:32pm
  15. Good job by police.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:38pm
  16. Killing humanity :’( its painful

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:38pm
  17. Bravo!

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:41pm
  18. They should feel ashamed………..

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:42pm
  19. Now if only they were like this in Russia. Protecting the activists and not letting the extremists doing what they want.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:45pm
  20. At least they were aiming at the right crowd.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:46pm
  21. Thank you police

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:53pm
  22. Keep standing strong my gay brothers and sisters.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:12pm
  23. We were visiting Montenegro on August and decided to take a day trip to Budva with other 40 gays from an Atlantis cruise. We wanted to show that we are an important part of the tourism landscape. Nothing bad happened to anyone.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:23pm
  24. Thank you.

    Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:42pm
  25. Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:42pm
  26. Glad the police were PROTECTING the marchers!

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:08am
  27. What the F**k!!!

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:09am
  28. Keep fighting things will change.

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:23am
  29. The police should have fired real bullets in their asses!

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:51am
  30. This is wrong. How would they feel if we were so against something they strongly believed in and did something like this to them. Not so funny now is it???????

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:53am
  31. Wow! That is amazing! Thank goodness those wonderful officers wee there to protect them!

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:57am
  32. :(

    Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:01am