The organizers of Europride in Serbia have proposed to the Government of Belgrade a new route for the Pride march, which was recently banned by the police; and with a petition of almost 30,000 signatures they ask the authorities to lift said prohibition.
The Ministry of the Interior argued that it made the decision due to possible security problems due to a parallel march announced for the same day. The Pride parade is an event that takes place every year in a different European city.
“We tried to do something, but there is a red line, and it is impossible not to have a parade. We discussed with the authorities the different options that exist, but an agreement could not be reached,” explains Goran Miletic, coordinator of Europride Belgrade.
Props to topple the ban
“More than 29,000 people from 123 countries around the world have shown their solidarity with the LGBT+ community here in Belgrade and have signed the petition,” says Matthew Beard, director of the All Out movement, which fights for the rights of the LGBT+ community.
Kristine Garina, presidenta del European Pride Organizers Associations (EPOA) , recalled that past bans on Pride marches in Belgrade were declared unconstitutional by the Justice“I have no doubt that the court will take the same position this time,” Garina said.
Earlier this month, traditionalists, the extreme right and the influential Serbian Orthodox Church organized several demonstrations against the parade.
The Council of Europe, the continent’s highest human rights body, has asked the authorities to allow the festival to take place.