Peter Marshall | 26.09.2009 09:17 | Gender
Letter to the Ambassador
On the steps
Queers Without Borders
The letter reminded them of the importance of protecting the human rights of its population, including the estimated 5% LGBT people, and of the importance of protecting the democratic rights of citizens in view of the country's aspiration to EU membership.
Belgrade's first gay parade in 2001 had to be abandoned after violent protests on the streets of Belgrade.
It took eight years until Serbia's LGBT community felt it was possible to hold a second parade. But mounting threats from nationalist ultra-right groups and football fan clubs - including offensive graffiti and posters threatening violence on almost every street in the city centre - led the authorities to decide that they were unable to protect the marchers - despite earlier promises to do so being repeated by President Boris Tadic the previous day.
The day before the march was due to take place, the organisers met with Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic who suggested that they move the march away from central Belgrade and when they declined to do so, the march was cancelled.
A few more pictures on My London Diary in a few days time.