Serbian Hate Groups Prevent Gay Pride March
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
Anti-gay groups threatening violence have shot down a gay pride parade in Serbia. Posters warning “We’re expecting you” had been plastered around Belgrade, rattling politicians and police, who told organizers they could not guarantee safety for the march. —J.C.
A Gay Pride march in Serbia has been called off after police told organisers they could not guarantee its safety.
One of the organisers said Serbia’s prime minister had urged them to switch Sunday’s rally from central Belgrade, but the proposal was “unacceptable”.
President Boris Tadic vowed on Friday to protect the participants.
Anti-gay groups had threatened violence if the march were allowed to go ahead. “We’re expecting you” posters had been stuck around the Serbian capital.
Religious and nationalist leaders in Serbia have opposed a bill banning discrimination against homosexuals.