Injured police officers and prisoners at EuroPride in Serbia –

Serbian Police clashed during the EuroPride March in Belgrade yesterday afternoon, reported DPA, quoted by BTA. Several thousand people joined the LGBT community parade.

The procession was on the occasion of the end of EuroPride Week – an event held in a different city of the continent every year. After protests by nationalist and religious groups who Serbian The government banned the parade last week. After appeals from the European Union and human rights defenders, however, the procession was allowed, albeit on a shorter route, the DPA notes. Today the participants are in EuroPride walked a few hundred meters to Tasmajdan Stadium where a concert was taking place.

Serbian Police clashed with two far-right groups trying to stop Gay Pride parade, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said. She added that 10 police officers were slightly injured, five police cars were damaged and 64 protesters were arrested.

I am very proud that we were able to avoid more serious incidents“, Ana Brnabic told reporters. herself a lesbian Brnabic is Serbia’s first LGBT Prime Minister.

previous Serbian Governments have canceled gay parades, drawing criticism, including from human rights groups. Such marches met fierce resistance at the beginning of this century and were overshadowed by violence. However, recent gay pride parades in Serbia have been peaceful, a change cited by EuroPride Organizers as one of the reasons why they chose Belgrade to host the event this year, noted DPA.

Last year, EuroPride took place in Copenhagen.

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