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Police criticized after a dozen masked men attack gay film festival in Bosnia

Monday, February 3, 2014

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.

BosniaThree people were injured during Saturday’s attack on a theater. Police had provided two officers to guard the opening of the festival Friday, but only patrols in the area the next day.

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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6 more reader comments:

  1. Why is this still happening? There should be enough security in this kind of events.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:52pm
  2. Sarajevo is in Muslim-Croatian Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other part is Republika Srpska (Serbian Republic) with Banya Luka as a capital. In case you didn’t know.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:54pm
  3. Homophobe scumbags.

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:16pm
  4. WHEN ARE WE GONNA START FIGHTING BACK?! AND LEAVING SOME OF THE PIECE OF SHIT HOMOPHOBES WITH A FEW REASONS TO THINK TWICE B4 THEY TRY THIS SHIT AGAIN!?!?!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:12pm
  5. Stop the bullying and violence AMEN

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:38pm
  6. Police did nothing?

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:00pm