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Serb Gay Pride Parade Attacked

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Posted on Oct 10, 2010
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Police subdue an anti-gay protester in Belgrade during Sunday’s violence.

Chanting “Death to homosexuals” and “The hunt has begun,” right-wing hooligan gangs attacked a gay pride parade in Belgrade, Serbia, during the first attempt by gay activists to host such an event since similar violence broke up a 2001 march.

Anti-gay protesters also set a brief fire at the Democratic Party headquarters. More than 100 people, mostly police officers, were injured and 100 were arrested. —JCL

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Reports told of gangs of skinheads roaming the streets, throwing petrol bombs and setting off firecrackers as police battled to hold them back.

Thousands of police had sealed off central Belgrade to protect the event.

While the march took place in a heavily-protected area in and around Majek park, violence flared at several points further afield in central Belgrade.

The Terazije boulevard was littered with rocks and debris by the time the rioting was quelled. Several cars were overturned and had been set on fire.

Democratic Party spokesperson Jelana Trivan said the violence had nothing to do with moral values.

“These are hooligan gangs which must be punished severely,” Ms Trivan said.

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By Jim Yell, October 11, 2010 at 7:37 am Link to this comment
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Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, etc. A large area of very similiar people and a shared southern Slav history divided by religious bigots and Serbia has been the primary, but not exclusive reason there is no longer a Yugoslava, in the sense of a united state of South Slavs.

The Serbs in their hate filled and narrow view of themselves and their place have sabotoged attempts at unification 3 times in the 20th Century. One the hideous monarchy pushed on the area after WWI, a group of Serbian Gangsters. Then of course the Communist government of Yugoslavia which failed to unite the area because once again the Serbs tried to force everyone into their mold or get rid of them. And, then the post Communist era in which the area once again broke into its constituant parts. All this because the Serbs are arrogant and nasty to others feelings and rights.

Sad thing is Serbia has an interesting history and because of their arrogance they more nearly saved themselves from the Turkish onslaught than the rest of the area, but at what cost to the future?

Their enabilty to accept gays is just a continuation of their enability to recognize the rights of other South Slavs and is mostly why a united Nation of South Slavs, which makes a great deal of sense will probably never succeed. Much to admire, but just as much to find distastful.

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By rico, suave, October 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

Impossible! I thought all the homophobes were Tea Partiers living in the USA.

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