BELGRADE – A gay rights parade in Belgrade erupted in violence yesterday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with anti-gay protesters, who rioted and attacked the headquarters of the ruling parties.
In the worst violence in the Serbian capital in over two years, more than 110 police were injured in pitched battles with gangs of nationalists and skinheads, and one of the 1,500 marchers was badly beaten as he arrived home in a nearby suburb, police and officials said.
Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac called it a “really sad day for Serbia” and President Boris Tadic vowed to bring the people behind the violence to justice.