Police to protect participants in Belgrade's Gay Pride event
Serbian police chief Ivica Dacic told B92 radio Thursday that several thousand officers will deploy in Belgrade and protect participants to gay pride event on Sunday, September 20th. He admitted the march is a high-risk event and warned that clashes with extremists are possible.
The influential Serbian Orthodox Church has lashed out at the upcoming gay pride event, fueling tensions and fears of violence.The statements posted on the church's website are seen as a boost to extremist groups who have threatened to disrupt the gay pride gathering.
Several political parties and far-right groups have urged authorities to cancel the event. The last one, held in 2001, was marred by extremists attacking several activists.