Sarajevo’s Pride Parade Calls For More Rights for LGBT Community

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8/14/21

Sarajevo’s second-ever Pride parade as well as a counter-protest organised by a hardliner Muslim political campaign group ended peacefully on Saturday. “Aware of discrimination, violence and hate speech, we resist and we are clearly saying that it is enough! After two years, we are here again, but this time in a pandemic that has hit the whole world. This has brought more violence and hatred to LGBTQ people,” Amar Catovic, one of the Pride organisers, said at a press conference at the end of the parade. People from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans and across Europe attended the Pride parade in Sarajevo under tight security measures taken by the Sarajevo Canton Government and the city’s police. “I am here because my son is gay. He is in Canada right now. I want to walk for him. It is very important for me to have a Pride parade in Sarajevo,” Edita Islamovic told BIRN. The Pride parade was also supported by European diplomatic missions. “It is a day of celebration and a day of support. It’s a day when we show our support to all of our LGBT+ brothers, sisters, family and friends,” Matt Field, British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina told BIRN. “No one is here asking for special treatment. They are asking for the same treatment,” Ambassador Field added.

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