According to the organizers, around 10,000 people demonstrated in Belgrade.
After the official prohibition was abruptly lifted, there was a march in Belgrade on Saturday in support of LGBTQ rights. Conservative protestors engaged in combat with riot police while attempting to interrupt the event.
According to organizers and local media, the 2022 EuroPride March attracted close to 10,000 participants. The procession was a component of the larger EuroPride week, which included activities in other European towns.
Football fans and right-wing and religious extremists attempted to stop the march, but they were repelled by a strong police presence.
Minor altercations did, however, occur, with protesters throwing flares, stun grenades, and stones at security forces. According to Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, ten police personnel were hurt as a result. The premier also mentioned the detention of 64 conservative demonstrators.
Christopher Hill, the US ambassador to Serbia, who was there for the march, congratulated “all of Serbia on a safe, successful #EuroPride2022 that validates Serbia’s European future” on Twitter.
Other foreign dignitaries seen at the event were Vladimir Bilcik, the special rapporteur of the European organized parliament for Serbia.
The Serbian government had earlier this month banned the march, alleging that the police would not be able to adequately safeguard the participants. This left a significant question mark hanging over the march until the very last moment.
Aleksandar Vulin, the interior minister of Serbia, stated on Friday that “the prohibition on the march organized by EuroPride 2022 remains in effect,” adding that “no one, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs notably,” has “succumbed to the pressures of the major powers of the West.”
The event’s organized organizers said on Saturday that Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, who is openly homosexual herself, had given them the go-ahead after the plan garnered criticism from Western politicians.
In response to the other authorities’ security worries, the prime minister pointed to several LGBTQ events that had previously taken place in Belgrade and had gone ahead “without a single incident.” But the original path had to be shortened by the organizers.
In the meantime, the head of one of the right-wing parties in the nation has demanded that Brnabic be detained for treason.
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