Montenegro Pride march marred by violence

Clashes at the LGBTQ Pride in Montenegro, October, 2013.

Clashes at the LGBTQ Pride in Montenegro, October, 2013. (AFP Photo / Savo Prelevic)

BY CHRIS HUQUERIZA
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Montenegro hosted its first LGBT Pride on October 20 in the city’s capital of Podgorica, but the event ended with tear gas, arrests and an estimated 60 people injured. Anti-LGBT extremists made their way past the nearly 2,000 police officers present and proceeded to throw rocks and firebombs.

Almost 150 LGBT activists managed to walk peacefully through the streets of Podgorica with the aid of police officers while others were evacuated to a safe location in police vehicles. Attendees held signs that read “These streets belong to us, too,” “Kiss the Gays,” and “Everyone has their own right.”

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