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Serbian Interior Minister Wants to Call Off Gay Pride Parade So the Police Will Be Safe


You may recall that last year Belgrade was host to Serbia's first Gay Pride parade since 2001. It was a nightmare. Hundreds of nationalist and religious right-wing protesters attacked and injured more than 100 people, including many of the 5,000  police officers who were present to protect it.

Dacic Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said this week that this year's parade should be called off in order to protect the police force:

“Police always pays the highest price, not only financially but also when it comes to injuries. Many police officers were injured last year,” he pointed out.

The minister stated that if police operated in accordance with the security assessments, the Pride Parade would be declared a high risk event and they would think about calling it off.

“It is not up to police to make such decisions whether some gathering should be held or not,” Dačić stressed and called on state organs and society to voice their opinion about the parade.

The European Commission and the European Parliament are closely monitoring activities in Serbia related to the Pride event, the minister noted.

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  1. How irresponsible for a politician to say this. Are we to expect the goverment can't control hooligans? What does this say about Serbia as a safe nation.

    Posted by: Sarina | Sep 23, 2011 11:14:15 AM

  2. No kidding, Sarina! Talk about a WTF moment. Nice job, Minister Dačić, you boob.

    Posted by: ESA | Sep 23, 2011 11:34:41 AM

  3. And in other news, a ban on home heating is being considered in order to protect the safety of firefighters.

    Posted by: John Equality | Sep 23, 2011 11:41:00 AM

  4. well if they aggressively arrest and prosecute any and all of the protesters the police will be safe. set an outer perimeter and if the protestors cross the line arrest them and make it clear ahead of time that the police will be cracking down on any protesters that violate any of the police rules. this is how you deal with the problem, not giving into the intimidation tactics from the protestors.

    Posted by: bill johnson | Sep 23, 2011 12:02:07 PM

  5. The report above is a bit misleading. The parade was not a nightmare: the police basically cleared the city and protected the marchers, so nothing happened to them. Anti-gay protesters marched elsewhere and then rioted AFTER the parade, using the previous gay march as a pretext. So the clashes were between right-wing fascists and police. It really has nothing to do with LGBT people.

    It's the right-wing people who have to be controlled. Instead, though, the police union gets together with them to blame the gays.

    Imagine if the police in Europe got together with neo-Nazis. Or in the US with the KKK. That's what's happening, only the right wing violent forces in Serbia are more numerous because they include a) football fans and b) the church.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 23, 2011 12:49:08 PM

  6. Gotta love the Serbs and the other eastern European countries.

    They all want to join the EU, but none of them want to uphold the EU charters concerning human rights.

    They want the economic benefits, but these same once Communist and mostly Christian countries don't want to be bothered with trifles like equality for gays, women and other religions.

    Posted by: Continuum | Sep 23, 2011 4:08:50 PM

  7. If only Serbia had some kind of supernatural force that could protect the police from all this gay-induced violence! Why doesn't Rick PArry hold a prayer meeting? (I can understand how difficult this must be for the police; uniformed police officers trying to control off-duty protesting police officers...) Iran is so fortunate not to have any gays (confirmed again at the UN).

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Sep 23, 2011 6:06:49 PM

  8. Send them a few l.a. cops to teach them self-defense even when your not in danger .
    Let the skinheads learn some fear for a change.

    Posted by: doug105 | Sep 23, 2011 9:58:14 PM

  9. Let alone learning English

    Posted by: nike free 5.0 | Sep 24, 2011 5:51:36 AM

  10. In related news, Jews should stay indoors.

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 24, 2011 8:25:18 PM

  11. I have to say it, and it might sound wrong - but Serbia has other issues. Unhappy people do not get chance to go out on streets and say their opinion, and that is why they use Gay pride for that.

    Other part of the problem are "gay -activists". Serbia has huge issue with gay activists. Those guys don't care about human rights, they do nothing to help gay people. The way they act, the way they speak - they only make problems. One of them, Predgrag Azdeljkovic, after "parade of love" last year said "There you go, Belgrade lost virginity, suck it". in my opinion that's not share-love message, at least outside porn movie. Gay people in Serbia would be better without "human-rights" fighters like Jelena Karleusa and predrag Azdeljkovic!

    to reply to Continuum:
    40% people in Serbia are against EU, and the way EU politician threat Serbia - it will get worse. Nato bombs (99) and Kosovo situation are something that people should not forget in my opinion, although we are forced to forget!

    Posted by: Webber | Sep 25, 2011 7:34:00 AM

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