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Serbia BANS Gay Pride March After Christian Orthodox Patriarch Calls It “A Parade of Shame.”

Serbian Police have banned is weekends Pride march scheduled to take place over the weekend “saying” it’s because they fear a repeat of the violence in 2010, when right-wing groups attacked such an event in Belgrade, triggering day-long clashes with the police that left more than 100 people injured.  But this move comes after  Patriarch Irinej, the head of Serbia’s Christian Orthodox church, urged the government to prevent Saturday’s march calling it  a “parade of shame” would cast a “moral shadow” on Serbia.

Last year hundreds of participants successfully  Sunday what became Serbia’s first-ever Gay Pride parade through central Belgrade but with severe incidents of violence from anti-gay protesters.  Before , during and after the short march, hundreds of thugs with bricks, flares and  even Molotov Cocktails (Petrol bombs) were thrown at police protecting a gay pride march Sunday in Belgrade. Chanting “death to homosexuals Anti-gay thugs also trashed the seat of the ruling Democratic Party, setting one part of the building on fire. And at one point the anti-gay protesters hijacked a bus, ordered all of its passengers and the driver out, and pushed it down a steep street before hit an electric pole on a main Belgrade square.

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