Several hundred people marched through the Croatian town of Split on Saturday to celebrate gay pride.
Hundreds of riot police were on guard Saturday as Croatia’s second city hosted a gay parade seen as a test of tolerance in the EU-bound country after violence last year left a dozen people injured.
More than 500 people — many carrying the rainbow flags which are symbol of gay activism — set off from a park in the Adriatic port of Split to march through the city watched by about 900 riot police.
The marchers, waving placards saying “Gay is OK” and “Equal in the Eyes of the Law”, were joined by five ministers, foreign diplomats and prominent Croatian intellectuals.
“It is important to give support to the fight against discrimination, for equality and against violence,” said Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic.
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