The Serbian Parliament’s National Security Council has banned all major public events this weekend, effectively canceling Sunday’s Pride festival in Belgrade. The statement from the council—comprised of Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, President Boris Tadic and high-ranking cabinet ministers and military officials—comes after Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas called on Pride organizers to cancel the event on their own. As recently as yesterday organizers said the march must go on at all costs, but the council claims the threat of violence is too great.
Interior Minister Djilas said:
“Police cannot support holding of all this gatherings for security reasons, because there will be clashes, victims, blood and we will end up a huge chaos.”
In 2009, Serbian authorities canceled Belgrade’s Pride parade because they claimed they couldn’t protect marchers from anti-gay protesters. In 2010, the city allocated 5,000 police officers in riot gear, on horseback and in helicopters to protect the 600 people who attended Belgrade Pride. But some 20,000 protesters firebombed cars, broke windows, slammed a bus into an electric pole, and injured 57 people; 47 of them cops.
And it’s always the homophobes who say we’re the ones ruining civilized society.