More than 60 people detained at protests against gay pride in Belgrade

More than 60 people were detained at protests due to a gay pride parade in Belgrade, ten policemen received minor injuries. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced this on September 17.

“5,200 people were involved in maintaining order. Ten police officers were slightly injured, 64 people were detained. I thank the citizens of Serbia for the fact that in difficult times, when they tried to divide us, we remained united, ”she said during an emergency press conference.
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Earlier that day, unrest was reported in the Serbian capital. In the city there were clashes between the participants of the pride and opponents of its holding.

Protesters pelted gay parade participants and law enforcement officers with lit flares. Shovels and billboards were also thrown at people and cars.

On September 2, the European Union called on the Serbian authorities to allow a gay pride parade. A few days earlier, on August 29, a large-scale religious procession was held in Belgrade in support of traditional family values. The people involved protested against holding a major LGBT event in Belgrade.

On August 14, protests against the gay parade were also held in the Serbian capital. The demonstrators carried posters “Hands off our children!”, “Stop the parade of shame.”

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