PM says gay parade "good for country" - but he won't attend

BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić has said that the holding of the Belgrade Pride would be "good for the country" - but that he "certainly won't be taking part".

Ivica Dačić
Ivica Dačić

The parade has been scheduled for Saturday.

"I am in favor of everybody's constitutional right to express their diversity, but it is my right not to go there. We shouldn't go to the other extreme and ingratiate ourselves with everybody. What am I supposed to do now, become gay, so that everything's pro-European," Dačić said.

The prime minister noted that the gay parade would be "good for Serbia because the European Unione asked for it," but that it would be "a great pity if the violence that happened during the parade held in 2010 were to repeat."

According to Dačić, who also serves as interior minister, a security assessment of this planned public gathering has not been done yet, while the government and the police "carry great responsibility":

"It's not merely a question of whether we're in favor of the parade, but whether we're in favor of the citizens' security."