Honestly! You potter along to your local gay pride march expecting a little solidarity, your Grindr account to explode and maybe a few beers from Tescos as you make your way round. The most dangerous thing that could possibly happen would be maybe some lesbian’s licorice allsort earrings.
Not if you’re in Belgrade. At their gay pride this week, they were set upon by hundreds of far right goons, who pelted them with petrol bombs and bricks while chanting ‘Death to homosexuals’. Nice people.
The riot police were well and truly deployed – in their thousands! – while cars were set on fire, street signs fucked up and fifty-seven people admitted to hospital. We know Hazell Dean can grate on the nerves, but surely an over-reaction!
Serb politicians are playing the trouble down, saying it had nothing to do with the gay parade and everything to do with far-right hooligans (who happen to hate gay parades). They’re trying to get into the European Union and this was a sort of test… Sheesh!