10 000 Gather for Anti-Gay Parade Rally in Serbia's Belgrade
Some 10 000 people took part in an anti-gay rally in Serbia's capital Belgrade a day before what is supposed to become the first successfully held gay pride parade in Serbian history.
Carrying Serbian and church flags, and banners with slogans "in defense of the family", the opponents of the planned gay parade, including nationalist extremists but also many families with young kids, marched with demands for the cancellation of what they see as a "disgraceful" event.
The Serbian Orthodox Church has also been rather vocal in opposition to the gay pride parade.
About 1000 participants are expected to participate in Serbia's first gay parade on Sunday; those will be guarded by about 5 000 policemen.
Last year Serbia canceled the planned gay parade because of violent threats against the participants. The only previous gay parade in Belgrade occurred in 2001 but was broken up by far right groups and soccer hooligans.
In June 2010, Bulgaria saw its third annual gay parade with about 700 participants. While the police have managed to guarantee the safety of those taking part in the Sofia gay parades since 2008, the events have taken place amidst vocal criticism by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church as well as provocation attempts by far-right extremists.
The most significant accidents occurred in 2008 when skin heads tried to assail the gay parade participants with Molotov cocktails, which led to more than 60 arrests.
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WELL MR MACDONALD,
What does any of your drivel have to do with the Orthodox Church, and with this anti-gay parade rally ???
Let's see 2010 AD is this year, what aboiut the BC years, do they not count nor ad up on oyur calendar. Here in Bulgaria alone we have Thracian relics dating back to 7000 BC.
Seems to me you forgot to take your Ritalin or is it Prozac today ?
There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity. Civilization goes back more than 2 million years; 1,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews and 1,998,000 years pre-dating the myth of christianity which is a mere 2010 years old. In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity - a fantasy - which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.
I am the son of a catholic father who never went to church and a protestant mother who took us to church and Sunday school. Onward christian soldiers; I think not. Such absolute drivel. To be manipulated by a santa claus; an easter bunny and worst of all a bogus cross. One should appreciate each day of life and not expect another and if there is it might be given by a God of Love.
The Vatican basically supported Hitler and religion is responsible for more corruption and violence in the world. Pope Ratzinger was involved in the Nazi youth. The Pope with his blatant witchcraft related to the bible and its hateful beliefs; tries to rule with extreme prejudice against a world … that may fall victim to religions' absolute evil. Many theologians state quite correctly that the birth; crucifixion; resurrection and other elements of christianity actually didn’t even happen! The pope is running a bigger fraud than Madoff’s $50 billion ripoff. Today’s evangelical extremists are like the nazis who cast others into ovens & are actually supremacists - who practice their bogus hocus pocus - and are trying to suppress and deprive others of their happiness and their legal rights in an open and proud society.