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Serbian Government Faces Criticism Over Gay Pride Ban

Saturday Sep 28, 2013

European Union officials have criticized the Serbian government's decision to ban a gay pride march for the third consecutive year because of threats from right-wing groups.

EU's Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule described the move Saturday as a "missed opportunity to show respect for fundamental rights" at a time when Serbia seeks to open entry talks with the bloc.

EU envoy for Serbia Jelko Kacin says it was the "wrong decision at a wrong time."

Serbia's authorities have expressed fear that the event Saturday could lead to a repeat of violence from 2010, when a pride celebration erupted in daylong clashes between police and extremists.

Serbia's deputy prime minister Aleksandar Vucic says the ban was "in the interest of the citizens." He insists that "hooligans have not defeated the state."

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  • Wayne M., 2013-09-28 20:46:48

    One really has to wonder about governments and law-enforcement authorities who refuse to stand up to right wing thugs who thumb their noses at the law while pretending to support law and order. Is their such a thing as rule of law - or must we submit to rule of thugs.

  • , 2013-09-30 01:15:57

    I wonder what Serbian laws are regarding rights to assemble.., gay pride started off as a protest/march. If the government won’t let them, they shouldn’t let wack job bigots stop their voices from being heard..

  • Corey, 2013-10-03 17:53:26

    There is a group in the USA who like Scott Lively, travels the world to spread hate towards gays. There is a great article covering the history and current news about their Serbia connection;

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