How to support Belgrade Pride 2011
Belgrade Pride is scheduled to take place on 2 October 2011. ILGA-Europe is calling on its members and partners to support this event.
Why is support needed?
In 2010, Belgrade Pride was held with success which partly was due to adequate police protection and support from the Serbian authorities. This year prominent politicians have questioned whether the police should protect the pride march - these statements will endanger the safety of the event. Before 2010 Belgrade Pride had a history of violence and lack of support from police and authorities. In 2001 the pride event ended in heavy violence. Only in 2009 the LGBTI community in Serbia attempted to organise another pride event. The planned pride event in 2009 was cancelled as the authorities could not promise to protect the participants. In 2010, for the first time ever, a successful pride event took place with heavy police protection. However, counter demonstrations were organised by around 6000 hooligans and members of right wing organisations. They clashed with the police, injured about 150 policemen and caused several thousands of euros damage.
What can you do?
Belgrade Pride 2011 needs your support to make sure that the Pride event can take place in a safe environment as possible. They need public support from different organisations/institutions and individuals who share their values of equality, dignity and tolerance. Therefore, they are calling to get help by:
- Joining ILGA-Europe’s representative at the pride parade on 2 October.
- Sending letter of support, that will be published on the website of Belgrade Pride 2011.
- Sending letters to duty holders and institutions in Serbia which is still important (i.e. to President, Prime Minister, Minister of interior affaires)