Zagreb Pride

Last Saturday was the day of the Sixth Zagreb Pride Parade. It was a wonderful event that brought together queer activists from around Croatia, Balkans and other European countries on the streets of Zagreb and main square of the city with Rainbow Flags flying all over the center! There were over 200 people marching the streets and enjoying the concert at the main square. As you can see from the photoszagreb_pride bellow there still was a lot of police presence (as in previous years) during the march and the concert.

Police presence and somewhat separation of other citizens from marching queer supporters allowed the Pride to go without incidents. However, as soon as the Pride was over and police left and participants started going home, to parties, or train stations, several incidents were recorded.

By the end of the day on Saturday police arrested eight people after a series of homophobic attacks occurred. Marko Jurcic, one of the event's organizers, told Agence France-Presse that 10 marchers were hurt, with two needing medical treatment. Those arrested had openly threatened marchers. Marina Burazer of  the Zagreb police said that five of the people arrested carried what appeared to be Molotov cocktails,  though the contents of each bottle had not been confirmed. Gianpaolo  Silvestri, an Italian senator, was in one of the attacked groups after the march, though he suffered no injuries.


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