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.
Thousands protested, led by the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Sept. 17 Pride march the church says will “desecrate the purity of the family by imposing anti-God and unnatural unions as a substitute for marriage and family.”https://t.co/WaMzFDMLia via @madisondotcom
— FFRF (@FFRF) September 11, 2022
“Numerous problems” including tensions with Kosovo, economic issues relating to Russia’s war with Ukraine, and concerns over anti LGBTQIA+ protest were among the reasons given by Vucic for the cancellation. https://t.co/ZjqfB5Wew8
— Pride Life (@pridelife) September 12, 2022
Religious and far-right mob stages chilling march against Pride in Serbia.
But Pride organisers insist the EuroPride programme will go ahead, including the Belgrade Pride march on Saturday (17 September).
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) September 12, 2022
— EPOA • EuroPride (@EuroPride) September 12, 2022
?In Serbia, with icons and flags of the Russian Federation opposed the holding of EuroPride pic.twitter.com/SUDJJPYwpE
— Ukraine NOW (@UkraineNowMedia) September 12, 2022
Organizers have repeatedly vowed to go ahead with a carnival-style parade that was scheduled for September 17 in Belgrade and said a ban would infringe commitments by Serbia to uphold the European Convention on Human Rights. https://t.co/doywKaMsmg
— Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (@RFERL) September 12, 2022
Gratified to see a safe, secure start to #EuroPride2022. Congratulations to @BelgradePride, @CDREurope, and the entire team of organizers behind @EuroPride. Looking forward to a week of great events with safety, security, and basic freedoms guaranteed for all. pic.twitter.com/H3JtUK6xEA
— Ambassador Christopher R. Hill (@usambserbia) September 12, 2022