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Hundreds Injured at Belgrade Pride

Hundreds Injured at Belgrade Pride


Hundreds of police officers and civilians were injured Sunday in clashes during Belgrade, Serbia's first Pride in nine years, Bloomberg reports.

The conflicts, it seems, were not between police and gay celebrants, but between police and antigay protesters, who staged their own protest march on Saturday and then tried to block the Pride parade on Sunday. Police had to use tear gas to try to disperse the antigay protesters, and three fire engines were sent to the party headquarters of President Boris Tadic after a Molotov cocktail set the building on fire.

"It is clear now that this [violence] has nothing to do with the Pride parade, but represents hatred unseen for quite some time," defense minister Dragan Sutanovac told Belgrade TV.

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