Serbia: Thousands protest planned Pride gathering

Source: SFGate

“Thousands of opponents of a pan-European LGBTQ event planned for this week in Belgrade marched through the Serbian capital on Sunday despite an announced ban of Europe’s largest annual gay gathering. The procession called by the conservative Serbian Orthodox Church and led by its clergy included anti-Western slogans as well as Russian flags and portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin. After the march, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije held prayers at the main Saint Sava temple in Belgrade, saying ‘evil forces’ want to ‘desecrate the purity of the family by imposing anti-God and unnatural unions as a substitute for marriage and family.’ Organizers of the EuroPride (which includes a week of events and a Pride march in Belgrade on Sept. 17) have said they will ignore the police ban and hold the LGBTQ festivities.” (09/11/22)