Serbian gay activists hold indoor pride event

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 7:31 am •  Published: October 6, 2012
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"Pointing to security risks without any visible effort to come up with a reasonable plan to make the Belgrade Pride Parade happen is succumbing to threats of violence," said Boris Dittrich, the group's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocacy director.

Activists at the indoor event on Saturday said they will put pressure on the authorities to pass a declaration in the parliament against homophobia and amend the criminal law to include hate crimes.

Improving gay and other human rights is key for Serbia, whose new, nationalist-led government has pledged to continue with the country's bid to join the European Union. EU's enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule has urged the authorities to make sure any future events will be held.



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