100s of police deploy for gay march

2012-06-09 17:00

Split - Hundreds of riot police are securing a gay pride event in the Croatian town of Split because of threats of violence from extremists.

Several hundred people, including some government ministers, have gathered for the march, carrying flags and banners reading "Gay is OK" and "We are all equal."

The crowd is heading along a route that was fenced off by the police to protect participants. A helicopter has been flying over the gathering and a police water cannon is parked nearby.

Croatian authorities have pledged to secure the pride event as a sign of determination to protect gay and other human rights ahead of joining the European Union in 2013.

Last year, extremists threw bottles and rocks at participants, drawing international condemnation.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-06-09 18:27

    most of police abawazi umsebenti wabo

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-09 18:59

    Even in Europe gays have to watch their BACK - lol

      TheGoat - 2012-06-10 07:54

      yes lets laugh at the discrimination of people. Shows you didnt learn anything from apartheid.

      Florence - 2012-06-10 09:46

      They better bcos my spear is chiselled and my shambok is ready to straighten up their brains and start thinking and thinking like real man

  • Element Luka - 2012-06-09 21:30

  • Ken - 2012-06-09 21:32

    Thank goodness the town is called Split and not Spit!

  • atholl.hay - 2012-06-09 21:41

    No sign of any intelligent life on this thread.

      anthony.hawke.7 - 2012-06-10 01:54

      :))). Agree.

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