All parties for the Pride Parade except DSS

Belgrade, 21.02.2014.

Candidates for the Mayor of Belgrade, except DSS, agreed today that the Pride Parade should be held in Belgrade, with the emphasis that it is necessary to ensure the safety of the participants and the city. The only one that was decidedly against it was Aleksandar Popović from the Democratic Party of Serbia.

istinomer featoredParticipating in the Istinomer’s debate titled “Let’s be honest,” the SPS’s candidate for the Mayor of Belgrade, Aleksandar Antić, said that he supports the right of the freedom of speech, but that he doesn’t want the scenes from the several years ago when Belgrade was smashed to repeat again.

Antić stated: “I will support the Pride Parade when we estimate that it could be held without endangering people’s lives”, while the head of the SNS in Belgrade Zorana Mihajlović agreed with him.

She said that she supports Pride, only if the safety assessments are positive.

Željko Ožegović, LDP’s candidate for the Mayor of Belgrade, said that he would fight for the right of citizens to be different.

In the name of DS party, Aleksandar Bjelić said that he personally has nothing against the Pride Parade, but that he is worried about the message that Parade sends.

“The question is what are the consequences, because if the situation would be the same as a few years ago, then I’m not supporting it. Therefore – yes, I’m afraid it will not be soon” said Bjelić.

URS’s candidate for the Mayor of Belgrade, Suzana Grubješić also stated that she has nothing against holding public meetings if they are peacefully maintained, including the Pride Parade.

The only one that was categorically against the Pride is DSS’s candidate Aleksandar Popović. To the question whether he supports the Pride Parade, his answer was short no.

Source: Tanjug
Photo: Istinomer

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