Violence mars first gay parade in Montenegro

So sad that people always resort to violence as a solution to things they don’t agree with. 😦

BUDVA, Montenegro (Reuters) – Police clashed with anti-gay protesters in Montenegro on Wednesday as they tried to disrupt the first gay pride parade to be held in the staunchly conservative Balkan country that is in talks to join the European Union.

Around 200 demonstrators hurled stones, bottles and flares at policemen in the coastal town of Budva who were keeping them separate from around 40 marchers wearing shirts bearing the colors of the rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement.

At least ten demonstrators were arrested and several marchers were slightly injured, according to police.

Protesters chanted “Kill the gays” and carried banners that read “Only healthy Montenegro”, a Reuters reporter on the scene said.