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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Attempts To Cancels EuroPride 2022 in Belgrade After Protests

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Attempts To Cancels EuroPride 2022 in Belgrade After Protests

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said that September’s EuroPride parade in Belgrade will not go ahead would be “postponed or cancelled. Vucic’s announcement comes after thousands of marched in protest organized by the Serbian orthodox church against the event earlier this month.

Vucic in s statement blamed the cancellation on “recent tensions with its former province Kosovo”, as well as issues around energy and food. “Simply, at some point, you can’t handle everything,” he said. “In an another time, a happier one [the event could take place].”

EuroPride 2022 organizer Marko Mihailovic said “the state cannot cancel EuroPride” and any attempt to do so would be a “clear breach of the constitution”.

Far-right parties have condemned the event, and Bishop of Banat, Nikanor, from the Serbian Orthodox Church, said he would “curse all those who organize and participate in something like that”.

Event organizers said Serbia’s role as a host of EuroPride was “an important step along the path toward achieving equality for the LGBTI+ community in the Western Balkans”.

Russian Priests Perform Exorcism To Purify City After The “Sodom and Gomorrah” of Gay Pride Parade – Video

Russian Priests Perform Exorcism To Purify City After The "Sodom and Gomorrah" of Gay Pride Parade - Video

Russian Orthodox priests, nuns, and protesters displayed pictures of Jesus, crosses and banners in the Serbian capital city of Belgrade in a a bizarre ceremonial attempt to “purify” the city after a gay pride parade.

Hundreds of LGBT people and supporters – protected by 5,000 police officers – marched through the city for the annual Pride Parade.

It was the third consecutive year that the event has been successfully held in the city.

The demonstrators said they needed to “purify” the city after the “Sodom and Gomorrah” of the Pride Parade.

They said prayers, gave speeches and displayed banners with slogans including “Gay Shame Never in Public Life”, “Shame on You”, and “Nevermore”.

One priest said: “Why do they have to go public and parade? Why? I’ll tell you why. They want to recruit and to spoil the next generations.”

In 2010, the parade triggered an anti-gay riot in which right wing protesters fought with police, throwing petrol bombs and bricks and setting buildings and vehicles on fire. This is only the third consecutive year that the event has been successfully held in the city –  in 2009, 2011 through to 2013, the marches were banned as the authorities said they could not protect the participants.


Serbia Bans Belgrade Pride, 200+ Activists March On PM’s Office – Video

Sebian protest

For the third year in a row the Serbian government has banned Belgrade Pride, citing security concerns over threats of violence by neo-Nazi groups who battled hundreds of riot police at Belgrade Pride 2010.

After Prime Minister Ivica Dacic announced the ban on state television, LGBT activists and straight allies of that country marched in unity on his office.

After a long discussion on whether the march would pass without severe consequences, the security assessments indicated severe threats to public safety,” Dacic said after a three-hour meeting with security chiefs. “This is not a capitulation to the hooligans,” he said. But as night fell, around 200 gay activists waving rainbow flags and banners that read “This is Pride” gathered outside Dacic’s government office before walking to parliament flanked by riot police. They chanted “This is Serbia” and “We have pride”. “Tonight we exercised our right to gather peacefully, and I don’t believe we bothered anyone in Serbia,” said Goran Miletic, a human rights activist and the organizer of the gay pride march.

“Not a capitulation to the hooligans,”?  Of course it is and to bigotry and hate.

But admiration must go out to our Serbian brothers and sisters for standing up and taking to the streets.

In the real sense of the term they had their Pride March.

Violence Erupts at Serbia Gay Pride Parade. Molotov Coctails, Bricks and Flares Thrown At Police and Participants. Anti-Gay Opponents Rampage Through Central Belgrade (Video)

Hundreds of participants successfully staged 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.

About 40 police officers were injured, and about 60 people were arrested, according to the Interior Ministery’s Suzana Vasiljevic . Thnakfully not one of the marchers were injured.

The clashes left central Belgrade looking like a war zone with broken street signs, smashed windows, destroyed vehicles, garbage bins, lost shoes and sneakers strewn on the pavement.

Some 5,000 to 6,000 police officers in full riot gear, some on horseback and with the backup of police helicopters the actual parade went smoothly, as police blocked off the march route and the streets around it with heavy cordons.  Hundreds of gays, lesbians and supporters of the parade, including Serbian and foreign officials, gathered in the Manjez park for the short march through three nearby streets.

Right-wing groups say the gay events are contrary to Serbian family and religious values. Most of the rioters Sunday were young football fans whose groups have been infiltrated by neo-Nazi and other extremist organizations, including support for the anti-gay protests by the Serbian Catholic Church

Senior Justice Ministry official Slobodan Homen said that the state response will be “fierce.” He said that the city center is covered with surveillance cameras and that the rioters have been identified and many already detained. He said they could face up to eight years in prison.

Watch FOUR VIDEO’S of the Riots and Belgrade Police in Action after the jump……