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Serb Police Chief Warns Of Violence During Serbia Gay Pride March

Serbia’s police chief warns that anti-gay extremist group would likely provoke violence during Sunday’s Pride parade in Belgrade.

The Associated Press reports:

Serbia’s police chief warned Thursday violence by extremists is likely during this weekend’s gay pride march, and urged the organizers to cancel it.

Ivica Dacic said he made his warning so “bloodshed does not happen in Belgrade,” Serbia’s capital. A far-right extremist group has scheduled its own gathering on the same day, rising the prospect of violence.

“If police would decide, there would be no gay pride march,” Dacic said, adding that “if the political stand prevails” to allow the march, police will protect the participants.

Serbia is under Western pressure to respect human rights if it wants to one day join the European Union.

Last year, more than 100 people were injured, cars were burned and shops looted during a similar pro-gay march.

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