Kosovo stages second Gay Pride parade under heavy security

A woman takes part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Pristina

A woman takes part in the second lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade in Pristina, Kosovo October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Laura Hasani

Source: Reuters

PRISTINA (Reuters) – Hundreds of people turned out on Wednesday for Kosovo’s second Gay Pride parade under heavy police escort after a party that espouses Islamic values urged the government to scrap the event.

Participants waving rainbow flags marched in bright autumn sunshine in the rally – whose motto is “In the name of freedom” – from the main government building in the capital Pristina to a central square where they danced, embraced and kissed.

Kosovo deployed special police units to protect the marchers but no incidents were reported. The former Serbian province, which declared independence in 2008, is 90 percent Muslim and, like much of the Balkan region, socially conservative.

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