Police and anti-LGBT protesters clash in Belgrade as EuroPride march goes ahead

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09/17/2022

Serbian riot police clashed with anti-LGBT protesters in the capital Belgrade on September 17, as a last minute government decision allowed the EuroPride march to go ahead. The Serbian authorities had previously banned the march, warning that they could not ensure participants’ safely. However, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic formally announced earlier on September 17 that the march could go ahead and participants’ safety would be ensured. Several hundred people joined the Pride parade — which took place along an amended route — despite the controversy and heavy rain on the day. Diplomats and MEPs, including European Parliament rapporteur Vladimir Bilcik, joined activists on the route. “As @Europarl_EN Standing Rapporteur for #Serbia, I stand here with you not only as a European politician, but as someone who celebrates diversity and fights for equality,” tweeted Bilcik, who spoke at the event.

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