After a recent wave of demonstrations organized against the holding of Europride in Belgrade, the Serbian capital saw the deployment on September 17 of an important security device. Despite the ban announced earlier this week by the government, a parade was held in the Serbian capital.
— Balkan Mail (@CdBalkans) September 17, 2022
As several videos shared on social networks show, the event gave rise to several incidents. “Protesters against Europride attack police”, for example reported the Serbian Monitor site, which shared a video in support.
—Serbian Monitor (@SerbianMonitor) September 17, 2022
While the procession was framed by the security forces, some of its opponents would have managed to enter it. “A man managed to break through the fence where the Pride participants were. Shortly after, he was arrested,” explained the Balkan Insight site.
A man managed to break through the fence where the participants of the Pride walk were. Shortly after, he was stopped. pic.twitter.com/J0opwLFEpA
—Balkan Insight (@BalkanInsight) September 17, 2022
As AFP reports, riot police deployed around the rally repelled small groups of counter-demonstrators brandishing crosses and religious insignia.
In the afternoon, the Interior Ministry announced that 31 people had been arrested.
Serbia criticized by several chancelleries for banning Europride
After the Serbian government banned the event, Belgrade came under intense international pressure. According to AFP, more than 20 embassies, including those of the United States, France, Germany and Japan, had called on Serbia to reconsider its decision.
Same-sex marriage is not legal in this country of less than seven million inhabitants, and previous pride marches (from 2001 and 2010) had been targeted by opponents of their organization. Since 2014, the Pride has been held without notable incident but under strong police protection.
Last weekend, thousands of people (biker gangs, Orthodox priests and nationalists) took to the streets to demand the cancellation of the parade.