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President: Serbia will not host EuroPride 2022

President: Serbia will not host EuroPride 2022

President: Serbia will not host EuroPride 2022

EuroPride 2022

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  • The EuroPride parade scheduled for September in Belgrade, according to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, will not take place.
  • The march will still take place, according to the organizers, and any restrictions would be “illegal.”
  • Since 1992, a different European city has hosted the annual worldwide LGBT pride parade.
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The EuroPride parade scheduled for September in Belgrade, according to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, will not take place.

After tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the event earlier this month, Mr. Vucic made his declaration.

Although the president expressed dissatisfaction with the choice, he added that Serbia needed to focus on other problems, such as the unrest in Kosovo.

The march will still take place, according to the organizers, and any restrictions would be “illegal.”

Since 1992, a different European city has hosted the annual worldwide LGBT pride parade.

The festival this year, which was supposed to take place between September 12 and 18, has been “postponed or canceled,” according to Mr. Vucic, due to “recent tensions with its former province Kosovo” as well as problems with food and electricity.

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“Simply, at some point, you can’t handle everything,” he said. “In another time, a happier one [the event could take place].”

The organizer of EuroPride 2022, Marko Mihailovic, responded that any attempt to halt the event would be a “obvious violation of the constitution” and that “the state cannot cancel Euro Pride.”

The president of the organization in charge of issuing licenses for EuroPride, Kristine Garina, promised that the event wouldn’t be postponed.

The first openly gay and female prime minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, offered full government support during the Euro Pride 2022 bid process, and she further stated that she expected “that commitment to be honored.”

Thousands of protesters protested Euro Pride earlier this month in Belgrade while carrying posters that read “to defend the family” and “keep your hands off our children.”

The event has been denounced by far-right groups, and Banat Bishop Nikanor of the Serbian Orthodox Church has declared he will “curse all those who organize and take part in something like that.”

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The hosting of Euro Pride by Serbia, according to the event’s organizers, was “an essential step toward attaining equality for the LGBTI+ community in the Western Balkans.”

Anti-gay protestors engaged in ongoing altercations with law enforcement in 2010 in an effort to obstruct a Gay Pride march in Belgrade. Four years later, the march came back with extensive security.

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