A district court in Belgrade, Serbia has sentenced the leader of a far right gay-hating movement to ten months in jail for inciting violence against LGBT people before the city’s scheduled 2009 pride parade, which was ultimately cancelled for safety reasons.
The man, Mladen Obradovic (seen right), has also been convicted of two years in jail on separate charges incurred during the run-up to Belgrade’s 2010 gay pride parade, during which hundreds of marchers and police were ultimately injured.
The group, Obraz (which ironically translates to “Honor”), has issued statements to the media and spread graffiti around the Serbian capital with slogans such as “Death to faggots,” “Blood will flow, there will be no gay parade in Belgrade,” and “We’re waiting for you.”
The Serbian-made comedy film The Parade, a recent runaway hit in the Balkans, has attempted to find humor in the very real danger facing the country’s would-be gay pride marchers.
Obradovic remains free while appealing both verdicts. After today’s sentencing, he proclaimed that the rulings would only strengthen the movement’s violently gay-hating resolve.
“Let them prosecute and rule, but they cannot stop us,” he said, adding that the movement’s ongoing slogan will be “We’re waiting for you.”
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