Party leader says gay parade "will be canceled"

BELGRADE -- United Serbia (JS) leader and MP Dragan "Palma" Marković has said that the Belgrade Pride Parade, planned for October 6, would not be held this year either.

Dragan Marković (file)
Dragan Marković (file)

It will be canceled, Marković told Belgrade-based Prva TV, "for security reasons."

Belgrade Pride's organizers recently announced that the parade would represent just one segment of a week-long event.

It is planned to take place from September 30 until October 6, and see the LGBT community promote its rights in a series of events.

But Marković wondered "what the organizers planned to do for a week".

Last year, the gay parade was not held in Belgrade after Interior Minister banned the gathering three days before it was to take place, along with all other gatherings planned for that weekend.