Anti-gay riots send wrong message to EU: Official

Gay pride march was viewed as test for Serbia govt as it seeks EU membership.

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 15:50 PM IST

Belgrade: A European Union official says violent anti-gay riots in Serbia could hurt the Balkan country`s bid to join the bloc.

Police on Sunday clashed with thousands of far-right supporters who were trying to try disrupt a gay pride march in Belgrade. About 140 people were hurt and 200 were arrested.

Jelko Kacin, in charge of the European Parliament`s evaluation reports on Serbia, says the anti-gay riots "show an elementary lack" of tolerance for minority rights in Serbia and the "inefficiency" of the state in preventing such a trend.
The gay pride march was viewed as a test for Serbia`s government as it seeks EU membership.

Bureau Report