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Serbia bans gay pride march

Serbia’s police on Wednesday banned a gay pride march in Belgrade scheduled for Saturday October 6, citing security concerns.

Reuters reports:

Serb police on Wednesday banned a gay rights parade due in Belgrade on Saturday and all other public gatherings this weekend fearing attacks by rightist and ultranationalist groups.

Serbia outlawed the 2011 Belgrade Pride parade at the last moment, fearing a repetition of the previous year’s violence when dozens were injured and arrested as soccer fans and nationalists opposed to the parade clashed with police.

“The ban is imposed on the basis of security assessments,” Milorad Veljovic, the director of Serbian police, told Reuters.

Boban Stojanovic, a gay rights activist and one of the parade’s organisers, said the ban “has shown that the state has once again backed down before hooligans and violence.

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