Serbia bans ghey pride march again; EU criticizes decision
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#1 Sep 28, 2013
Serbia bans gay pride march again; EU criticizes decision
Participants hold a rainbow flag and a placard, which reads: "This is Pride", as they march next to a riot policeman through the streets of downtown Belgrade September 27, 2013.
By Aleksandar Vasovic
BELGRADE (Reuters)- Serbia's government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third consecutive year on Friday, citing the threat of violence from right-wing hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and criticism from the European Union.
Denying that the government had given in to right-wing threats, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on state television that the ban on Saturday's event was a public safety matter. The last gay pride march in 2010 triggered a day of rioting and arson by nationalists in the capital Belgrade.
"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.
Western ambassadors had pressured Serbia to allow this year's event to go ahead, as a litmus test of the Balkan country's commitment to tolerance and diversity.
The United States embassy issued a statement saying it was "very disappointed" by the ban and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said it marked "a missed opportunity to show respect for fundamental human rights."
The EU is expected to launch membership talks with the former Yugoslav republic in January.
There is widespread intolerance of gay rights in conservative societies across the Balkans, where religious leaders routinely condemn homosexuality as a threat to traditional family values.
Riot police had fanned out through downtown Belgrade on Friday evening in anticipation of Saturday's march, and Serbian media reports said before the ban that more than 6,000 officers would be deployed to maintain order with a string of anti-gay demonstrations announced.
Speaking before the evening protest, Miletic said of the ban: "Everyone's a loser here, except the hooligans who for the third consecutive year proved they can tell that state what it can and cannot do."
(Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Paul Simao)
#2 Sep 28, 2013
Russians, Serbs and countries in the East know what to do with freaks. For all their problems (and they are many) at least you don't have to worry about catching HIV from a public toilet.
#3 Sep 28, 2013
In English the word pederasty is the act of a man having butt sex with a boy.
They call gheys "pederi" in Serbia, and if memory serves, in most of the adjoining countries around there. Pederi is a different twist of the same word, except it applies to all gheys not just pedophiles.
#4 Oct 1, 2013
According to my Bible, homosexual behavior is wrong per Leviticus 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination."
God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
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