Pride Info Centre vandalized during Belgrade Kosovo protest

Pride Info Centre vandalized during Belgrade Kosovo protest

Pride Info Centre vandalized during Belgrade Kosovo protest Izvor: Prajd info centar

The window of the Pride Info centre was spray painted during the Kosovo is Serbia protest organized by nationalists, Pride organizer Goran Miletic told N1.

The words Kosovo is Serbia were spray painted across the window of the centre. Security camera footage showed a group of people spray painting the words and putting up stickers which the police removed and took away as evidence.  

Members and supporters of the nationalist Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) and the signatories to the Appeal for Defence of Kosovo and Metohija, Belgrade’s official name for its former province, organised a protest on Monday called “Stop to Treason!” “Kosovo is Serbia”.

Miletic told N1 that he feels that the people at the protest expressed their homophobia. “The people who were at the gathering obviously expressed a fairly large dose of homophobia because they spat the centre among other things. We saw on the video that the people in charge of security at the gathering did nothing to prevent this,” he said.  

Miletic called all ruling and opposition party leaders to show support to the Pride Infor Centre and the LGBT community in Serbia and recalled that this was the third attack on the centre in two months. “The first was in mid-December during the 1 in 5 million protest when several people threw snowballs and put up stickers and a more serious attacks took place on February 8 when seven people threatened the centre coordinator and tried to break into it,” he said.  

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