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Finally, a successful Gay Pride in Belgrade

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 30 September 2014) Gay Pride proceeded through the downtown area of Belgrade on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, for the first time since 2010 some 1,500 participants, supervised by 7,000 police and gendarmes ensured that everything went well.

Gay Pride in Belgrade: Website | Facebook page

Below is a report of twenty minutes on the Gay Pride Belgrade (direct sound uncommented):

The procession, a very large thousand people, commenced at 12: 45 am for a rally of just 2 km between three symbolic places. Initially, the seat of government. Upon arrival, the municipality of Belgrade. And in the meantime, the National Assembly, where several speakers spoke.
All in a festive, colourful gay sound. But without tanks, the only visible being those around riot forces.

The centre of Belgrade had previously been emptied of its traffic. Even public transport was neutralized and businesses located on the parade route had to close shop.

The area was then restricted to only residents and accredited participants for the parade. Objective: To protect gays, lesbians, trans and supporter(s) who chose to attend the rally as expected, at the end of a week of activities in the rainbow sky of the Serbian capital.

Serbian Government was represented by Jadranka Joksimović, minister without portfolio and his colleague Kori Udovicki, Minister of Public Administration. The mayor of Belgrade, Siniša Mali, also participated in the Gay Pride, as well as various representatives of Serbian political parties and foreign embassies as well as the playwright Biljana Srbljanovic and director Srđan Dragojević.

To join the EU, it will take much more than a Gay Pride. Click to enlarge. © Flickr / graphphoto .
To join the EU, it will take much more than a Gay Pride. Click to enlarge. © Flickr / graphphoto .

Note the presence of heads of delegation on the accession of Serbia to the European Union: Tanja Miscevic side Serbia Michael Davenport and EU side. Holding a Gay Pride in good conditions, as well as the attitude of the Serbian authorities towards the LGBT community, are among the prerequisites imposed on Serbia for eventual membership in the European Union.

Hence the fact that the government and authorities for the first time, have openly given their agreement to hold a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade. In previous years, the government had banned the parade, claiming security concerns (eg in 2012 and in 2011 ). Previous Gay Pride (in 2010) had been tarnished by the violence of homphobic thugs.

In fact, no major incidents have deplored this year. Dozens of protesters against the ultranationalist have tried in vain to stop the procession. They were turned back by riot police who conducted fifty arrests.

However walls of the Serbian capital suffered shortly before the Gay Pride, a wave of homophobic graffiti appeared. The Serbian Orthodox Church and various ultra-nationalist and ultra-religious leaders have also distilled slogans ranging from simple disapproval dumb before the procession to the incentive to break the fagot (so no different to pride in any other countries then).

Comment. Serbian Prime Minister told anyone who would listen that no, the government does not give its official support to the Gay Pride to get into the good books of the EU, but because the country is in love justice, freedom, human rights and sincere friendship towards the LGBT community.

Serbian-French translation: Serbian Prime Minister really thinks we're idiots. Unless ... well next year, so in September or October 2015, the Belgrade Gay Pride will take place in a context less homophobic, less police, more open to the public, warmer towards LGBT. And, five, ten times as many participants both. Chick?

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

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via all the press and on 28 and 29 September 2014)

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