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Podgorica Pride passes peacefully

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The first LGBT pride march in Podgorica, capital of Montenegro, ended peacefully Sunday.

See a brief video from today’s march here.

Amid heightened security, several hundred participants carried banners and rainbow flags, and blew whistles on the city’s streets.

The chief organizer, Daneijel Kalezic, told marchers that gay people would “not give up” until homosexuals had obtained freedoms “like everyone else.”

Away from the parade, hooligans clashed with police around the city. Montenegrin media said between 300 and 400 people shattered shop windows and hurled rocks at police.

Authorities had deployed 2,000 police to protect the parade.

The heightened security followed a series of threats and condemnations against homosexuality in the country, including from the Serbian Orthodox church.

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic’s government, which is pursuing Montenegro’s membership in the European Union, had backed the idea of holding the parade in a safe environment.

(Compiled from RFE/RL sources, 20 Oct 2013).

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