Safety state of affairs stays “troublesome” in Serbian capital, President Aleksandar Vucic says
The worldwide EuroPride parade, set to be held in Belgrade this yr, isn’t going forward, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has reiterated, citing security issues as causes for the choice.
The safety state of affairs concerning the march of LGBTQ activists within the capital remained “troublesome,” Vucic mentioned on Saturday.
“It’s attainable that there may very well be main unrest… we wish to keep away from that,” the president defined.
Vucic had already promised in late August that the parade was going to be referred to as off, after hundreds had taken to the streets of the capital to protest in opposition to it.
He mentioned it was unsafe to carry the occasion because of threats from right-wing extremists and to fears of violence.
Serbia had been chosen to host EuroPride 2022, scheduled to happen between September 12 and 17. The pan-European LGBTQ competition, held yearly in numerous cities on the continent, consists of greater than 100 occasions, together with a delight parade.
Serbian authorities “received’t invent any nonsense” to ban the LGBTQ march, the president insisted on Saturday, refuting some studies claiming that the monkeypox epidemic may’ve been used as an excuse for the cancellation.
The choice on the parade will likely be made by the nation’s inside ministry 96 hours earlier than its deliberate kickoff “consistent with the Structure and legal guidelines,” he mentioned.
One of many EuroPride 2022 organizers, Goran Miletic, insisted on Thursday that not one of the competition’s vary of actions, together with the march, have but been formally banned.
“We don’t think about it an choice to cancel or postpone the Parade. It would occur in response to a plan, as a result of EuroPride can’t be imagined and not using a Parade,” Miletic mentioned, inviting everybody to affix the march on September 17 and to “stroll collectively for love.”
The Council of Europe commissioner for human rights Dunja Mijatovic mentioned earlier this week that Brussels has been working with the authorities in Belgrade “to make sure that freedom of meeting and freedom of expression are assured for everybody, with out discrimination” throughout the competition.
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Serbia, which is in search of EU membership, has pledged to guard LGBTQ rights as a part of its integration into the bloc.