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”.