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A very well protected Pride in Split

Timothy Kincaid

June 12th, 2012

Split, on the beautiful Adriatic coast in Croatia, had a Pride Parade over the weekend (AJC)

Riot police watched on as several hundred people, including some government ministers, marched unhindered through the Croatian town of Split on Saturday, many carrying flags and banners reading “Gay is OK” and “We are all equal.”

As treatment of a country’s gay citizens is being seen more and more as a defining characteristic for countries with European sensibilities, and as Croatia wishes to join the European Union next year, the government viewed a safe and successful Pride Parade as being politically necessary. They were serious.

The crowd walked along a route that was fenced off by the police, while a helicopter flew overhead and a water cannon was parked nearby.

The police were delighted to report no incidents of violence and the Minister for Foreign Affairs made statements in support of the event.

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Darina
June 12th, 2012 | LINK

*waves from Bulgaria again* The feats that wishing to join the European Union can inspire in the government ministers of a post-communist Balkan country. :)

Since Bulgaria is already a member of the EU, I don’t hope for any ministers to honour us with their presence at Sofia Pride on 30 June, but it will be heavily guarded by the police, and I’m grateful for that. :)

jerry
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

I stand in awe once again at the courage that the few have to voice their opposition to discrimination.

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