SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Police are being criticized for failing to provide adequate security for a gay film festival in Sarajevo that was attacked by a dozen masked men.
On Monday, police were criticized for inadequately protecting the event, which the organizers had requested security for. Anti-gay violence has been on the rise in the Balkans, a traditionally conservative region.
Police said they thought patrols would be enough on the second day.
Mary Ann Hennesey of the Council of Europe in Bosnia called the attack a “shameful incident.” The U.S. Embassy and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights also criticized the police.
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