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14:20 | 29th March 2017

News: World

Mon 11 Oct, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Protesters chanting "death to homosexuals!" hurled bricks, stones, glass bottles and stun grenades at riot police

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Violent riots disrupt gay pride march in Serbia

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Serbian riot police fought running battles with thousands of far-right supporters who hurled Molotov cocktails and stun grenades to try to disrupt a gay pride march in central Belgrade.

More than 140 people were hurt and more than 200 were arrested, officials said.

Thousands of police officers sealed off the streets in the capital where the march took place, repeatedly clashing at several locations with rioters who tried to burst through security cordons.
Several parked cars were set on fire or damaged, shop windows were broken, rubbish containers were overturned and streets signs destroyed.



Several shops were looted before police restored peace late Sunday afternoon.

The anti-gay rioters also fired shots and threw Molotov cocktails at the headquarters of the ruling pro-Western Democratic Party, setting the building's garage on fire.

The state TV building and the headquarters of other political parties were also attacked, with many windows shattered by stones.

Protesters chanting "death to homosexuals!" hurled bricks, stones, glass bottles and stun grenades at riot police.

Police responded by firing tear gas and deploying armoured vehicles to disperse the protesters, who remained in the heart of the capital even after the brief pride march ended.

Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said police estimated that 6,000 rioters faced 5,600 policemen. He praised the police "for preventing even more serious bloodshed".

Source: AP

 

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