Serbian authorities decide to ban gay parade
BELGRADE -- B92 learned on Wednesday that the gay parade, scheduled for Saturday, October 6 in Belgrade, has been banned by the authorities.
Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić is expected to explain the decision.
All other gatherings planned for Saturday have also been banned. The Interior Ministry (MUP) made its decision based on security appraisals.
Earlier in the day Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej urged the authorities to ban the parade, and a controversial exhibition, deemed to be insulting to Christians.
The exhibition, dubbed "Ecce Homo", and the gay parade were planned as part of the week-long Belgrade Pride 2012.
Previously, Dačić said that the parade would be banned if security services found the risk of violence associated with it was too high.