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Serbian gay activists to hold indoor pride gathering

Serbia’s gay activists will hold an indoor gay pride gathering this weekend after authorities in Belgrade banned the march for the second year in a row, fearing a repeat of the violence at last year?s event.

The Associated Press reports:

Serbia’s gay activists said Thursday they plan to hold an indoor gathering this weekend after authorities banned a pride march for the second year in a row because of threats from right-wing groups.

Goran Miletic, one of the organizers, accused Serbia’s new, nationalist-led government of lacking the political will to protect the event despite its proclaimed pro-EU policies. He said the country’s embattled gay community will insist on holding the march next year.

“Pride is not a circus that will leave this city,” he said. “We are staying here, this is where we live.”

Police said Wednesday they feared a repeat of violence from 2010 when far-right groups attacked a pride march, triggering day-long clashes that left more than 100 people injured.

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