Belgrade's annual LGBT Pride held a
moment of silence to remember Hande Kader, a transgender woman
brutally murdered in Istanbul, Turkey over the summer.
According to Balkan
Insight, a few hundred people took part in Sunday's third
annual march, which concluded without violence.
Serbian officials banned the parade for
three years amid fears of violence. Police arrested more than 250 people
and more than 140 police and extremists were injured when violence
erupted in 2010.
Anna Brnabic, Serbia's first openly gay
minister, was among the numerous politicians and diplomats who took
part in the parade. Others spotted at the event include Belgrade
Mayor Sinisa Mali and Axel Dittmann, German ambassador to Serbia.
A moment of silence to show solidarity
for Turkey's LGBT community and to remember Hande Kader was held as
marchers passed the Patriots monument on Terazije street. Kader, a
22-year-old transgender sex worker, made headlines in June when she
led a protest against the government's decision to ban Istanbul's
annual LGBT Pride march. Her mutilated and burned body was found on
August 8 in Istanbul's high-end Zekeriyakoy neighborhood.
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