The pride parade of Croatia’s capital Zagreb is set to take place on Saturday just a few days after more than 100 people were arrested in the coastal town of Split during another gay pride event.
Croatia’s capital Zagreb is gearing up for its 10th Gay Pride Parade on Saturday a week after a similar event in provincial Split ended in violence, with organisers predicting it will escape trouble.
“We hope that everything will go peacefully, joyfully and with dignity. We only demand that the police act in accordance with Croatian law” and prevent attacks on the participants, organiser Franko Dota told AFP Friday.
“We expect the biggest Gay Pride Parade held here with more than 1,000 participants” who will march through downtown Zagreb, he added.
Police spokesman Krunoslav Borovec said the participants would be accompanied by the largest police escort so far. He refused to elaborate on numbers but said police would react swiftly and immediately detain those who might try to provoke an incident.
Croatia’s first pride parade was held in 2002, when more than a dozen participants were beaten up afterwards.
Since then, parades have been held in the capital annually without major incidents, but always under heavy security.
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