Skip to comments.Serbia bans gay pride march again, citing right-wing threat
Posted on 09/29/2013 3:13:38 AM PDT by kronos77
(Reuters) - Serbia's government banned gay activists from marching in Belgrade for the third year running on Friday, citing a threat to public safety from right-wing hooligans but risking EU condemnation before the expected start of accession talks.
The last Gay Pride march in 2010 triggered a day of rioting by right-wing nationalists in the capital, Belgrade.
Western ambassadors had heaped pressure on Serbia to allow this year's event to go ahead on Saturday, as a litmus test of the Balkan country's commitment to tolerance and diversity. The EU is due to launch membership talks in January.
But after a three-hour meeting of government leaders and security chiefs, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said it would not be allowed to proceed.
"After a long discussion on whether the march would pass without severe consequences, the security assessments indicated severe threats to public safety," Dacic, who also heads the Interior Ministry, said on state television.
"This is not a capitulation to the hooligans," he said.
Riot police fanned out through downtown Belgrade on Friday evening and Serbian media reports said more than 6,000 would be deployed to maintain order with a string of anti-gay demonstrations announced for Saturday.
Conservative societies across the Balkans have been slow to accept greater gay rights, which are routinely met with violence when expressed in public.
"Clearly there were people (in the meeting) who believed that for political reasons, particularly because of EU integration, it would be good to have the parade, but what if we lose a human life?" Dacic said.
The Serbian Orthodox Church has spoken out against the march, saying gay rights were destroying the institution of marriage and family values.
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Too bad our nation doesn’t do the same. Any nation that has been watching the rise of gay Nazism in the U.S. understands that they are being used to destroy the fabric of our society and kill the spirit of a once moral nation and why its a bad thing. And the gays think its about their rights and believe that 0 really has their backs. The sad part is they’re just tools to get the job done and don’t realize it.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why homosexuals feel the need to have parades. Heterosexuals don’t. It makes me believe homosexuality is still a serious mental illness.
Gay pride marches are the inspiration of gay men looking to contrive ways of attracting young boys to their circle—because 1) children will be drawn to a parade no matter the occasion, and 2) “gay male” is a synonym for pedophile.
Serbia has a low and falling birth rate. They can’t afford homosexuality unless they want their nationality to become extinct.
I’m sick of the EU and their threats...who needs them