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Catholics Plan Bomb Attack On Gay Parade

Catholics Plan Bomb Attack On Gay Parade

Catholic nationalists in Croatia are planning to petrol bomb a gay parade on Saturday in the city of Split.

Last year the 200-strong march was attacked by thousands of people and there were 13 injuries. 137 people were arrested.

A Facebook group protesting the parade has posted a picture of petrol bombs which it says are to be thrown at participants — which will include four cabinet members determined to prove that Croatia is a suitable candidate for the European Union (EU).

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said

The eyes of the European Union will be focused on Split on Saturday … The gay population does not threaten anyone and we just have to accept them.

According to Reuters:

Several nationalist and war veteran groups have issued warnings against this year’s June 9 march in Split, calling it a “shameful provocation by sick people to which we will respond.”

Respect for human rights is a precondition for EU membership. The October 2011 European Commission Annual Progress report on Croatia stated that the government needed to do more to address homophobic and xenophobic sentiment in society.

Progress for LGBT rights in the Balkans has been two steps forward, one step back. Last year Belgrade stopped its gay pride march from going ahead after nationalists and Orthodox Christians threatened a repeat of the huge riots which surrounded the 2010 event.

No gay pride marches have ever been organized in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, or Kosovo, but one small one happened in Albania last month.

There has also been a trouble free Pride march in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, since 2002.

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12:21PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly R. Being LGBT is NOT a lifestyle. It's a life. Having a lifestyle means something you have chosen. Like sports, gardening, outdoor activities, Me, I've chosen a laidback, sometimes energetic and gym going, organic vegetable growing, bookreading lifestyle. Lifestyles change but what you're born with doesn't. Like Lady Gaga sings: Born This Way. You understand now?

11:03AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Seriously? They're that pathetic? Hiding behind religion again, I see. This is getting old, dudes. Think of something new.

8:52AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

The Abrahamic religions are well-known for breeding prejudice, terrorism, and all manner of violence.

9:04PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

THIS IS WRONG

10:55AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

thx.

9:18AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Because nothing says, "Prince of Peace", like a Molotov cocktail.

7:34AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

I wonder what Jesus would say?

5:51AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Thank you for the photo! I hadn't seen a bottle of Pipi ever since I visited Yugoslavia with my parents, back in the 80s. I even remember the girl on the label.

Ahhhh! the orangey goodness, the jokes, the memories...

4:41AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Real Catholicsand Evangelicals should be supporting gay rights, Jesus would have.

3:58AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Catholics have lost all moral credibility, as have most fundamentalist Christian groups. Using religion to justify abuse, oppression, and murder is an old religious tactic that has been infused with new life. Let's just kill off everyone we don't like or agree with! In the name of god.

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