Dragan Marković Palma on four walls, white plague and sheep

Belgrade, 13.02.2014.

Unlike the campaign from the 2012, during which he did not mention LGBT people, one of the most homophobic politicians in Serbia, Dragan Marković Palma, a president of the United Serbia party (JS), has raised his voice yesterday in the daily newspaper “Politika”, as part of the interview published under the title:  “No government without our coalition”.

palma-pali-bakljuAnswering the question of “Politika’s” journalist:  “Europe has criticized us for not holding the Pride; in the present campaign, you are now heralding the equality of all, but the rumor is that the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), as your coalition partner, wasn’t allowed to nominate its Deputy member as an MP candidate just because he belongs to the LGBT community?” – Dragan Marković Palma answered in his well-known manner:

“We have nothing against these people, but they can’t talk about their program at our meetings, or send messages that our coalition finds unacceptable. Let them do whatever they want within the “four walls”, but we are fighting against the white plague, and the two men cannot give a birth to a child. Ask Branko Ružić (the president of the SPS EB) about the subject, he communicates with them and appoints them as EU advisers. If we need the gay population to lead us to Europe, then I will stay and look after my sheep, since I have 80 of them.”

Although Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) does not understand Marković’s way of thought, ie. how is it possible that a serious politician in just one short paragraph mentions Europe, his coalition partner Branko Ružić, white plague, four walls and 80 sheeps (!?), it is clear that Dragan Marković Palma once again is trying to deny the basic human and political rights of LGBT people, insulting their dignity and spreading homophobia in public.

We are not sure whether this could be Marković’s election tactic to pick up some ultra-right wing votes from the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) party, on whose list Mladen Obradović (Obraz) and Ivan Ivanović (Naši) can be found, but we can assure him that there are more LGBT voters than the extremist ones.

Izvor: Politika, Info centar GSA
Foto: Beta

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA; Alliance) has started another campaign in this election cycle for the upcoming Serbian parliamentary elections – the new campaign is called “Your vote, your tomorrow“. The campaign’s goal is to make political parties and groups participating in the elections take a public stance on questions regarding human rights, including the rights of LGBT people, as well as to include these issues in their pre-election programmes and platforms, offering concrete solutions for reducing violence, discrimination and homophobia. Another aim of the campaign is to invite LGBT people, as well as their parents, relatives, friends and other citizens to vote for those political options which, among other things, advocate for improving the status of LGBT people, for equality and respect of human and minority rights.
Through various activities, GSA aims to offer LGBT people and all other citizens, a clear insight into the attitudes of all relevant political parties and coalitions, regarding LGBT human rights. GSA’s campaign “Your vote, your tomorrow“ will mostly take part on the Internet and through social networks, and all interested citizens will be able to follow the campaign on GSA’s website in the column Elections 2014 (www.en.gsa.org.rs/elections-2014), and on the social networks Facebook (www.facebook.com/GSAlijansa) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/GSAlijansa).