Serbian Extremists Again March Against EuroPride

Reuters reports:

Thousands of religious and right-wing activists marched through Serbia’s capital on Sunday calling for authorities to ban a Gay Pride march planned for next weekend. The protesters – who carried a massive Serbian flag – included groups who also shouted slogans backing Serbia’s long-term ally Russia, as well as nationalistic and far-right causes.

A column of bikers who support the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, revved their engines in support of the crowds who marched to Belgrade’s St Sava cathedral for prayers. In a sermon, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Porfirije, said the EuroPride event threatened traditional family values.

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A similar event took place two weeks ago even though Serbia’s president has said that the event was canceled, in part due to threats by extremists.

Organizers, however, say their events will take place as planned. My first post on the cancellation is here.

Serbia has pledged to protect LGBTQ rights as part of their application to join the European Union.