A spontaneous march took place in Belgrade, Serbia after the
government announced its decision to ban a gay pride march for the
third consecutive year.
to several reports, dozens of LGBT rights activists gathered in
front of the prime minister's office after learning that the parade,
originally scheduled for Saturday, had been called off. They began a
spontaneous protest that quickly grew to include hundreds of people
with the help of social media.
“We don't give up!” the activists shouted as they marched and
waved rainbow flags. They were escorted by police in full riot gear.
Serbian authorities expressed concerns that allowing the parade to
proceed could lead to a repeat of violence that broke out in 2010,
when police clashed with anti-gay extremists for hours.
Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's deputy prime minister, said the ban was
“in the interests of the citizens.”
However, Friday's march was peaceful.