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Serbia's interior ministry bars Belgrade's EuroPride march route, citing security concerns
The EuroPride march, set for Saturday in Belgrade, cannot be held as planned due to security concerns, Serbia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.The ministry also banned the proposed "pro-family" counter-march organised by a group labelling itself as "anti-globalists," who actively oppose the EuroPride."Both marches were supposed to take place in the immediate vicinity [of one another] and it was estimated that there is a danger that this might lead to attacks and clashes, as well as a danger of violence, destruction of property and other large-scale violations of the public order," the statement said.Belgrade Pride, EuroPride’s official organiser, said that it would use all available legal mechanisms to have the decision reversed.“At 2:15 pm, we received a notification from the Ministry of Internal Affairs that the march is not permitted, stating [the event's] security as the reason for the ban. That is all we know at the moment,” one of the EuroPride organisers, Goran Miletić, told the local outletć clarified that the ministry had an issue with the planned route of the parade, which is expected to draw thousands of participants from Serbia and abroad.“The actual route of the march was banned, not the march itself,” he said.“Our legal team is preparing a complaint [to the ministry].
Riot police clash with right-wing protesters at Pride march in Serbia
supports HTML5 videoRiot police clashed with right-wing protestors at a Pride march in Serbia.Officers were injured as they tried to break up two groups that were disrupting the march to mark the end of EuroPride week in Belgrade.Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said 10 cops were ‘slightly’ injured, five police cars were damaged and 64 protestors had been arrested.Brnabi – who is Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister – said ‘I am very proud that we managed to avoid more serious incidents.’Following protests by nationalists and religious groups, the government had banned the march last week.But faced with calls by European Union officials and human rights activists, it allowed a shortened route for the march.Labour absolutely thrashes Tories in latest YouGov poll with biggest ever leadShakira ordered to stand trial in Spain over tax fraud caseChildren 'served raw chicken' but school insists it's just meat near the boneThose participating walked several hundred metres to the Tsmajdan stadium where a concert took place.The United States’ ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill, and the European parliament’s special rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimir Bilcik, joined the march.Previous Serbian governments have banned Pride parades, drawing criticism from human rights groups and others. MORE : Trans man dies after brutal beating at Germany pride event put him in a coma Some Pride marches in the early 2000s met with fierce opposition and were marred by violence.But recent Pride marches in Serbia have passed off peacefully, a change cited by EuroPride organisers as one reason Belgrade was chosen as this year’s host.
'Not a celebration': In the midst of war, Kyiv's Pride parade held in Warsaw
Ukraine's largest LGBTQ+ event KyivPride went ahead on Saturday, although not on the streets of the country's capital. Russia's invasion of Ukraine saw the event taking place together with Warsaw's annual Equality Parade.About 300 people travelled from Ukraine to the Polish capital, now home to about quarter-million Ukrainians who fled the war. Blue-and-yellow flags fluttered among a sea of rainbow ones, while some participants chanted “Slava Ukraini," or glory to Ukraine.“Unfortunately, we cannot march in Kyiv,” Maksym Eristavi, a Ukrainian journalist and a KyivPride board member, said, citing the dangers of bombings in Ukraine.“However, it's important for us to still march," said Eristavi, who was draped in both the Ukrainian and European Union flags. "It's still about pride, but pride in being Ukrainian and surviving through genocide."KyivPride’s trucks were given the honour of leading Saturday's parade -- one of many ways that Poland's people have stepped up to help their embattled Ukrainian neighbours.“We want to stand together against war, to walk for Ukraine’s freedom, for liberation, for equality, tolerance and acceptance,” Julia Maciocha, chairperson of Warsaw’s Equality Parade, said.KyivPride director Lenny Emson said this year's event was aimed at calling for political support for Ukraine and basic human rights.“It is not a celebration," Emson said.
Pride Month: Plight of LGBTQ+ refugees in Sweden highlighted in new billboard campaign
LGBTQ+ if you’ve had to hide it your whole life?A new campaign by West Pride, an annual event held in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, aims to highlight the problems posed by this very question.“Letting an arbitrary process decide if LGBTQ+ refugees are approved asylum or not is inhumane,” says Emma Gunterberg Sachs, General Manager of West Pride.West Pride have teamed up with design company AKQA to create a billboard and social media campaign which highlights the plight of LGBTQ+ refugees caught up in the Swedish immigration system.Each billboard will feature an anonymous refugee and share their story, telling the journeys of six asylum seekers this Pride Month.“Far too many are wrongly sent back to a lifetime of persecution, imprisonment or death. We need to stop this now,” says Gunterberg Sachs.When the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights did a report on LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in 2017, no member state was able to provide official figures on the numbers entering the country.Nations that could provide estimates did so through civil organisations with the Netherlands estimating between 100 -1000 and Denmark given 70.There have been widespread reports of LGBTQ+ refugees from the Middle East and West Africa reaching Europe in the hopes of a better life, only to be asked for proof of their sexuality in the tolerant countries they are going to for sanctuary. West Pride has given their Ambassadors of Pride official roles in an effort to give their asylum claims legitimacy.
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