Belgrade Pride finishes without any incidents

Belgrade’s Pride Parade ended without an incident and with a party in the Manjež Park on Sunday. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic also took part in the march.

The festive gathering passed in front of parade protesters, assembled on the corner between Takovska Street and Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra, but without causing unrest.

The protestors carried a wooden cross, Serbian flags, and banners saying “Immorality and gay shame never again in public” and “Orthodox Serbia is being destroyed internally by EU, Vatican and NATO pawns.”

While police put up barricades between the Czech Embassy and the Constitutional Court building, participants of the protest first had a verbal altercation and then several of them clashed with the officers.

The parade participants waved rainbow-coloured flags and carried banners stating their determination not to give up on their rights as police arrested five people at a counter-protest who got into a fight with officers securing the parade.

Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic walked along with hundreds of participants who held banners that said “I’m not giving up,” “We are not deciding about your marriages”, “Queers against Capitalism”, “Queers are also Workers” and “I will not be silent.”

The parade passed by Serbia’s state institutions with the intention to draw the attention of authorities to the problems the LGBT+ community faces.

Brnabic greeted with a banner: “Prime Minister, what it’s like to live with all the privileges”

The Premier came to support the LGBT community with her partner Milica, with whom she recently had a child. Brnabic was welcomed with a banner that read: “Prime Minister, how it is to live with all the privileges”.

Greeted by Radomir Lazovic, a representative of the “Ne da(vi)mo Beograd” initiative, Brnabic did not accept a toy duck as a gift from him as a symbol of “everything that is wrong  in Serbia”.

(N1, 15.09.2019)

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