Violence mars Montenegro’s first gay rally


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The Independent Online

Several hundred people shouting “Kill the gays” attacked gay activists and clashed with police in an effort to disrupt the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro, which is seeking to improve its human rights record as it bids to join the European Union.

Angry assailants threw rocks, bottles, glasses and various other objects – including chairs from local cafes – at several dozen flag-waving activists who shouted back “Kiss the gays”. A shower of stones and bottles also landed on the police securing the gathering in the coastal town of Budva.

Police then intervened to push the attackers away and allow the event to continue.

“Unfortunately, in 20 years of transition Montenegro has not matured enough to tolerate differences,” said Aleksandar Zekovic, one of the organisers of the rally.