Infidels And Satanists?
Or so some Serbian nationalists would have you believe, but bigotry and aggressive prejudices are still evidenced in Belgrade, as the latest Pride parade was called off, AFP reports:
BELGRADE — Organisers of a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade on Saturday called off the march after the government said it could not prevent clashes with extremists, rejecting a suggestion to shift the venue.
The event would have been the first for nearly a decade since the last gay rights march broke up amid violent clashes with right-wing extremists.
Nationalists hailed the cancellation saying it was a defeat for “infidels and Satanists.”
Organiser Dragana Vuckovic told B92 television that Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic “handed us a paper informing us that the parade was not possible (in central Belgrade) because the risks were too high,.”
The Beeb has more:
“Nationalist and religious leaders have opposed a Serbian bill banning discrimination against homosexuals.
The ultra-nationalist Serb Popular Movement 1389 hailed the cancellation of Sunday’s march as “a great victory for normal Serbia”.
“In our city infidels and Satanists will not pass,” it added.
Homosexuality in Serbia is still far from accepted, says the BBC’s Mark Lowen in Belgrade.
The gay scene is underground and members of the community are regularly the target of discrimination.
Belgrade’s first gay parade in 2001 descended into chaos amid widespread violence by mobs of protesters – with television images of bleeding participants and police firing rubber bullets broadcast around the world.”