A day of pride took a violent turn as 60 people were injured during a gay pride march in Montenegro on Sunday. As the Associated Press reports on October 20, anti-gay extremists yielded an attack against the march by firing rocks and firebombs at police protecting the event.
Action was taken against the attackers as about 60 of the 1,500 extremists who attempted to disrupt the pride march were arrested. Gay rights activists and organizers were encouraged by the protection and understood the risks of the march as gay rights opponents were attacked back in July during a similar march.
March organizer Danijel Kalezic was appreciative of the police protection as gay rights activists were outnumbered by the extremists 1,500 to 150, but were still able to walk peacefully through the very conservative city of Podgorica. The visibility in Kalezic’s opinion was worth the risk and showed a commitment to human rights in Montenegro.
“As of today, gay people are no longer invisible in Montegento. From today, these streets are ours as well.”
Out of the 60 injured in the violent protests, 40 were from the extremists group and 20 were officers. No one participating in the pride march was injured.