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Serbian government defends Pride ban

KOCELJEVA — Aleksandar Vučić has said the decision to ban Pride Parade and all other assemblies in Belgrade was “the only right decision, made in the interest of citizens.”

“This does not mean that hooligans have defeated the government,” the deputy Pm told reporters in Koceljeva over the weekend, and according to reports .”asked what would happen if someone was killed during Pride Parade, who would be the winner then and who would bear the responsibility.”

“Should the price of holding Pride Parade be hundreds of smashed shop windows and injured policemen and citizens?,” he said.

Vučić said that he conferred with EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michel Davenport who expressed concern over the Pride Parade ban.

“We understand that, but the decision was made in the interest of the Serbian citizens,” Vučić said.

(Source: B92 / Tanjug)

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