Bosnia Women Rights Marchers Attacked in Banja Luka Over LGBT Flag

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03/09/2023

Participants in the 12th annual women’s right protest on March 8 in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, were verbally and then physically attacked because of one of the participants was carrying a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community. Gordana Katana, one of the organisers of the march marking International Women’s Day said four young men first verbally called out the participants before the march officially began. “After some 50 metres, they came up close and took the [rainbow] flag away, and then hit the other activist who was there,” Katana told BIRN. As many participants and media recorded both the event and the incident, the organisers identified two out of four perpetrators. “Unfortunately, two of them are minors, kids born in 2005, and I think they were instructed,” Katana added.

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