Serbia: Anti-LGBT protesters, police fill Belgrade during Gay Pride march

Dozens of religious believers and anti-LGBT protesters rallied in Belgrade's Slavija Square, as the Gay Pride parade simultaneously took place, Sunday. The protesters, accompanied by Orthodox priests and nuns, carried religious icons and anti-LGBT placards adorned with slogans such as "God, ethics, fair faces, marriage, children, family" and "Democracy=Sodomy." Around 1000 LGBT activists participated in the Gay Pride Parade in the city centre. More than 7,500 police officers with water cannons, Humvees, BTRs and other army vehicles were deployed on the streets of Belgrade to prevent any tension. A few hours before the parade, several people were reportedly arrested, among them leaders of allegedly violent groups as a means of deterring and preventing violence erupting.