Serbia will not host Europride, confirms president

'They can call Biden or Putin but won't change a thing'

30 August, 18:29

    BELGRADE - Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on Tuesday the decision to cancel Europride, which had been scheduled to be held in Belgrade on September 17.

    In speaking to journalists, Vucic said that he took full responsibility for the decision, which had already been announced in recent days. The reason given was that the country is going through a difficult period, amid fresh tensions in Kosovo and an energy crisis.

    The organisers of the event in support of the rights of homosexual people responded by saying that they wanted nonetheless to hold it in the capital.

    "We have decided that Europride will not be held. They can call Biden, they can call Putin or Erdogan or whoever they want - the decision will not change," the Serbian president said.

    Concerns are meanwhile growing over a progressive increase in tension and possible violence were any LGBT march to be held in mid-September.

    Many ultra-nationalist homophobic groups are in Serbia that have in the past been behind violence and clashes during Gay Pride events.

    The EU and several organisations working in human rights have criticised Belgrade over the decision, while the Serbian Orthodox Church praised it. (ANSAmed).

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