Belgrade Pride vows EuroPride will happen despite threats of violence

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09/06/2022

EuroPride, a pan-European Pride festival that takes place in a different city every year, is scheduled to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from September 12 – 18. But plenty of locals, including the country’s president, want to keep it from happening. On August 14, thousands of religious and nationalist protestors marched through the streets of downtown Belgrade, carrying anti-LGBTQ banners and chanting slogans such as, “We don’t want a gay parade,” and “Keep your hands off our children.” Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced at a press conference that EuroPride would be canceled, saying that “at this moment, the state is pressured by numerous problems,” adding that EuroPride could possibly be held during “happier times.”

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