THE GLOURIOUS COUNTRY OF SERBEKISTAN upon which peace never sets took another major leap back, worth several centuries, to prove the world that the only democracy instilled in the last decade is the democratization of violence, giving each and every individual not human, nor animal, nor workers' rights, but the right to perform criminal and violenct activities without suffering any sort of lawful repercussion whatsoever.
The LBGT pride march organised in 2001 ended in bloodshed (mostly of the people marching). the 2009 demo was cancelled due to the wussy ass government caving in to the threats of terrorist and extreme right wing organisations.
The 2010 was held, but I'm afraid it raises many more questions than answers...:
* Why was the orthodox church heading a rally the day before the March claiming that homosexuality is a sickness and a threat to christianity?
* Why was the same church not disgusted that its rally was followed by criminals who joined them on the walk and chanted "KILL! KILL! KILL THE FAGGOT KILL!" for several hours?
* Why did the cops let various similar criminals enter GUARDED offices and or places of various NGOs looking for "FAGGOTS" , threatening bystander with various weapons?
* Why were 5600 armed to their teeth policemen ordered to stand down and let 100 of them suffer severe injuries, mostly due to stoning, from a scattered force of closely 6000 hooligans?
* Why did only some 500 people join the pride march, most of whom were LBGT supporters and not LBGT people themselves?
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I feel sad on many fronts. First of all I feel ashamed I was too uninterested and passive to show up at the march. There were only a handful of people who came together to have some fun.
Second I feel silly not to cash in on the opportunity to cause major damage to the city, insulting and injuring police, wrecking cars, buses, shops and buildings, since there will be no repercussions for such actions of general rioting and violence.
Third I walked around belgrade in the evening and even though the cleaning crew did a top notch job of tidying up the place withins several hours the city itself was very gloomy, spooky; dark; depressed. Very few people on the streets, broken shops and buildings, torn up sidewalks which have been used as ammonution to swing at cops.
All this reeks of, first, a very nervous country still drive by hatred due to their recent loss to WORLD FOOTBALL SUPERPOWER ESTONIA!!! (3:1 at home), and 2nd, a carefully orchestrated manuever by shadow government/governor K******** who used the power of these same criminals back in 2000 during the Million man riot to tear down the throne of milosevic using the only way known to serbs - VIOLENCE.
Thus let it be known, that YES, the pride march was held, and nobody died, and yes, this is a criminal country run by criminals made by criminals all for criminals.
I share the disgust of everyone on the board--let's hope the church there, at least, sees the light. I know that the Orthodox Church is more loving in other parts of the world (i.e. the US) and at least occasionally will support pride events. Where I live, it is interesting that the annual Pride parade is nowadays full of Christian "allies" whose churches, forty years ago, condemned homosexuality. Of course, at the same time, you have "Christian" protesters condemning gay people to hell and so on. SIGH.
Looking at the horrible events you describe, it's hard to be optimistic about near-future change on this issue in most places in eastern Europe, though...
Due to the visit of the mrs of the ex us prez who sanctioned the bombing of the country in 1999, the shadow gov decided not to take any chances with the aforementioned criminals and shipped them over to good ole' italy for a nice game of footy.
Looks like the italian government was too busy discussing... whatever they might be discussing in rome, either way, a solid 50 cops were supposed to guard a group of some two thousand criminals.