LGBT community holds protest in Belgrade

Published: October 19, 2011

BELGRADE — The Gay-Straight Alliance held a protest dubbed “That’s enough” at noon in front of the Serbian government headquarters on Wednesday.

Strong police forces were securing the rally which was peaceful. Police arrested tree young men who were wearing skinhead symbols and were standing across the street.

The Gay-Straight Alliance organized the protest after a young woman wearing a T-shirt with LGBT symbols was attacked and stabbed by a minor on Saturday. The prosecution decided to release the attacker pending trial due to his age.

The gay right activists led by Gay-Straight Alliance’s Lazar Pavlovi? demanded a meeting with Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovi? but only taped a list with their requests to the government headquarters front door after no one received them. The list was taken down by security guards, who explained that the protesters were not allowed to do that.

A security guard told the protesters that Justice Ministry State Secretary Slobodan Homen would receive them at 15:00 but they refused and requested that the meeting be held on Thursday.

Members of the LGBT community said that they wanted freedom of assembly and called on the government to get involved in solving of their problems.
Road workers continue protests

Nibens Group road construction company workers also held a protest in front of the Serbian government headquarters on Wednesday.

They announced they would continue the protest until their requests were fulfilled.

The road workers request unblocking of the company accounts, payment of overdue wages and conversion of debts into company’s capital.

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