Sunday, September 20, 2009

Nationalist glee as Belgrade Gay Pride cancelled

Nationalist glee as Belgrade Gay Pride cancelled - Yahoo! News
BELGRADE (AFP) – Organisers of a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade on Saturday called off the march after the government said it could not prevent clashes with extremists, rejecting a suggestion to shift the venue.

The event would have been the first for nearly a decade since the last gay rights march broke up amid violent clashes with right-wing extremists.

Nationalists hailed the cancellation saying it was a defeat for "infidels and Satanists."

Organiser Dragana Vuckovic told B92 television that Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic "handed us a paper informing us that the parade was not possible (in central Belgrade) because the risks were too high,."

Vuckovic said organisers cancelled the event, planned for Sunday, after police suggested it could instead take place in a field.....

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