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Serbia’s lesbian PM booed over EuroPride ban

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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic is accused of hypocrisy after her government banned Saturday’s EuroPride march Serbia’s lesbian Prime Minister has been booed at the EuroPride human rights conference after her government banned Saturday’s Pride march at the last minute. Following an earlier threat by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to cancel EuroPride in Belgrade, the police officially banned the march route on Tuesday with just days to go.

The authorities cited security concerns in the wake of substantial public protests against the pride event, including a planned protest by right-wing and religious homophobes on the same day as the Pride march.

The interior ministry said that holding the Pride march would “endanger the safety of the participants of the march, as well as other citizens.” Defiant EuroPride organisers said they will submit a formal complaint to the police to overturn the decision and would challenge the ban in court. “Police have waited until the last possible moment to ban the EuroPride march,” said Kristine Garina, President of the European Pride Organisers Association which licences EuroPride. “Every time this has happened in Belgrade before, the courts have ruled the decision unconstitutional.

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