Serbia: Ban on Pride Parade not defeat but victory, PM says
BELGRADE -- Serbian PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said late Wednesday that the ban on the gay Pride Parade was not a defeat for Serbia, but rather a victory.
When asked whether the ban on the gay pride march represented Serbia's defeat, Dačić said it did not and that it was rather a “victory for Serbia,” adding that “Saturday will be a quiet day.”
During a reception that Germany's Ambassador to Serbia Heinz Georg Wilhelm hosted at the residence to celebrate the Day of German Unity, the Serbian PM said that he would rather accept criticism for the decision to ban the parade than to see any victims on that day in Belgrade.
Dačić said that “nobody will be telling anyone what should happen in Belgrade, be it the EU or any of the countries of the world, or any extremist or radical organization.”
The Serbian authorities decided on Wednesday to ban the Pride Parade that was supposed to be held on October 6 due to security reasons.