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EU Denounces Albanian Official for Saying Gay Pride Participants Should Be Beaten

The European Union condemned statements made last week by Albania's deputy defence minister and leader of the royalist party, Ekrem Spahiu over plans by LGBT rights activists to hold their first Gay Pride march in the country on May 17.

SpahiuSaid Spahiu: "My only commentary on this gay parade is that they should be beaten with truncheons."

The EU delegation in Tirana responded with a statement: “The European Union strongly condemns any discriminatory rhetoric as well as any incitement to hatred or violence."

AFP adds: "Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said he backed the planned parade in Tirana as 'Albania is a country where all freedoms are guaranteed.' On Sunday Albanian Muslim and Catholic organisations voiced strong opposition to the parade, insisting that gay rights events threatened society."

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  1. That would be a problem if Albania was a proper country. In the list of their problems, gays are in no sight. By the way, Albania is a Muslim country, so what a surprise.

    Posted by: LoLoverThat | Mar 28, 2012 1:43:20 PM

  2. Oh, right, LOLOVERTHAT, Islam has a monopoly on anti-gay hate, all Muslims are haters, and there are no gay Muslims. Thanks for the reminder.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 29, 2012 12:39:49 AM

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