Pogorica - Dozens of people have participated in a gay pride event in highly conservative Montenegro where authorities are promising to boost gay rights as part of efforts to join the European Union.
Hundreds of policemen were deployedin downtown Podgorica on Saturday to prevent possible attacks from extremists. Participants in the pride march carried banners reading "born this way" or "equality for everyone."
Montenegro's government has announced plans to introduce gay partnership as part of its pro-EU agenda.
Initial pride events several years ago were marred with incidents.