Arrests Follow Gay-Rights Rally In Croatia

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 12.49.17 PMOn Sunday, Croatian LGBT activists gathered outside’s Zagreb’s main cathedral to support a proposed school curriculum that would include lessons on sexual minorities and gender roles. Not surprisingly, religious leaders in the highly Catholic country oppose the plan, saying it fosters “unnatural” lifestyles.

“Over the last month the church has said that gay people are destroying Croatia, that they are destroying humankind,” one activist told EuroNews. “They have called us demons and said we are against nature”

Counter-demonstrators were separated from the group by riot police, who arrested three people—though it’s not clear which side of the issue the arrestees were on.

Croatia has seen tensions rise over LGBT issues: Pride marches have often been met with threats of violence, and in 2010, Croatian Football Federation president Vlatko Markovic swore he’d never allow a gay player in his league.