The Canadian Press reports:
Organizers cancelled Montenegro’s first ever gay pride event Tuesday, claiming the government has not given it enough support.
Montenegrin gay groups said support for the event ? scheduled for May 31 in the capital Podgorica ? had not been backed by action.
Zdravko Cimbaljevic from LGBT Forum Progress group accused the authorities of a “lack of seriousness and professionalism.”
“They would state their support, but when concrete actions are needed, we have a problem,” Cimbaljevic said.
In a statement Tuesday, the government ? which had offered public backing and protection for participants ? urged the organizers to reconsider their decision, reiterating its “unconditional support” for the gathering. “There is no reason for the cancellation,” it said.
The event was widely seen as a test of the country’s commitment to human rights as it seeks EU membership. Opponents in the highly conservative Balkan country had declared the event a “shame” for the nation and threatened to disrupt it.
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