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In Montenegro, the first Gay Pride parade marred by homophobic thugs

Budva is a destination tourismhomophobic. © Budva.net.
Budva is a destination tourismhomophobic. © Budva.net.

(Blogmensgo, July 26, 2013) Dozens of gay activists attended the first Gay Pride Montenegro, on 24 July 2013 in the resort town of Budva on the Adriatic coast. But homophobic violence have shortened the party.

Forty gays and lesbians (number varies depending on the source) wearing rainbow flags rainbow briefly marched under heavy police protection near the sea police cordon was attacked with projectiles by two hundred against -demonstrators homophobic (number varies depending on the source). Homophobic shouting "Kill the gays" homos answered "Embrace gays."

Unable to listen to speech in quiet, the participants of the Gay Pride event were shortened and dispersed by boat for safety reasons.

Some gays were bruised and homophobic 20 were placed in custody. The Minister of the Interior, Rasko Konjevic said that the police did a good job.

Several newspapers had published the day before, fake obituary notice featuring personalities of gay activism. The day also several cafes in the city symbolically had stopped playing music to protest against holding a Gay Pride.

Comment Montenegro said support holding a Gay Pride. Not by LGBT activism, but to show the European Union - which he wishes to become a member - it is to listen to human rights in general and sexual minorities in particular.

In 2012, the Montenegrin government has passed a law prohibiting sexual discrimination. The same year, the two actors who interpreted a gay couple in a video calling for tolerance were beaten.

Montenegro is proud of its so-called gay-friendly legislation. But no law of this country punishes homophobia. And the prosecution has not required prosecution of hate libels published by local newspapers.

Montenegro had 662,000 inhabitants in 2011 according to Wikipedia . Two thirds of them consider homosexuality as a disease and four-fifths (80%) believe that homosexuality should not be displayed publicly, according to a recent survey (which I do not have the reference).

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo (via Idaho Statesman and Challenges.fr July 24 and Le Figaro on 25 July 2013)



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