© Reuters. Law enforcement officials detain an anti-LGBTQ protester in entrance of St Mark’s church in the course of the European LGBTQ delight march in Belgrade, Serbia, September 17, 2022. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Police clashed with right-wing protesters on Saturday as a number of thousand individuals joined an LGBTQ march in Serbia to mark the top of EuroPride week, an occasion staged in a special European metropolis annually.
Police clashed with two right-wing teams attempting to disrupt the march, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic mentioned, including that 10 law enforcement officials had been barely injured, 5 police vehicles broken and 64 protesters arrested.
“I’m very proud that we managed to keep away from extra critical incidents,” Brnabic, who herself is Serbia’s first homosexual prime minister, informed reporters.
Following protests by nationalists and spiritual teams, the federal government had banned the march final week. However confronted with calls by European Union officers and human rights activists, it allowed a shortened route for the march.
These collaborating walked a number of hundred metres to the Tsmajdan stadium the place a live performance came about.
The USA’ ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, and the European parliament’s particular rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimir Bilcik, joined the march.
Earlier Serbian governments have banned Satisfaction parades, drawing criticism from human rights teams and others. Some Satisfaction marches within the early 2000s met with fierce opposition and had been marred by violence.
However latest Satisfaction marches in Serbia have handed off peacefully, a change cited by EuroPride organisers as one purpose Belgrade was chosen as this 12 months’s host. Copenhagen was the host in 2021.
Serbia is a candidate to affix the EU, but it surely should first meet calls for to enhance the rule of regulation and its report on human and minority rights.