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Pride banned in Belgrade
(Blogmensgo, October 4, 2011) The Serbian Ministry of Interior has banned gay pride at the request of the mayor of Belgrade, citing security concerns.
The organizers of the Gay Pride Serbia denounced a decision only three days prior to the event, a decision they deem unfavorable to the "development of a pluralistic democracy in the country." They have not ruled out a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg and are already preparing the Gay Pride in 2012.
"What was at stake was whether the institutions were able to ensure the rule of law in the country. They failed to do so yesterday" said Kacin, European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia.
A Gay Pride was held in Belgrade last year, but it had indirectly caused serious incidents by homophobic thugs and Gay Pride had already been canceled in 2009 for security reasons.
Comment. Serbia wants to join the European Union. But does Europe's mission to welcome among its members states which are not even capable of ensuring the security of a procession of hundreds or thousands of demonstrators? The answer is in the question.
This article is translated from our french blog. You can view the original here.