August 14, 2021 – 17:04
Hundreds of citizens marched in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to mark the third Pride Parade, in support of the LGBT community.
No violence was reported at the event on August 14, due to the large police presence, which blocked the streets of the capital, to prevent possible clashes with counter-protesters.
This is the Third Parade being held in Bosnia, an ethnically divided and widely conservative state.
The third Pride Parade was held on August 14th in Sarajevo.
Organizers said members of the LGBT community have been further marginalized since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 9,700 people dead in the state.
“We are resisting and saying that enough is enough. The pandemic brought more violence. It has locked us in four walls, in the circle of domestic violence. It is time to say enough, said Amar Catovic, one of the organizers, who addressed the parliament building.
“We, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, are taking to the streets because pandemic restrictions are our daily reality,” the group said in a statement. “In the past year, our rights and freedoms have deteriorated further,” the statement said.
The group has called for the adoption of a law on same-sex partnerships and for an end to discrimination against the LGBT community in Bisnje.
Dozens of LGBT opponents held rallies in Sarajevo, saying they wanted to defend the state’s traditional values against the “aggressive” ideology of the LGBT community. / REL