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Montenegro Charges 32 Over Gay Pride Violence

Police have charged 32 persons with 'indecent and reckless behaviour' at Montenegro's first Gay Pride parade in the coastal town of Budva.

Beta, BIRN

Montenegrin police charged 32 persons on Monday with indecent and reckless behaviour during the country's first Gay Pride march. Police said the majority of those charged are aged 16 to 30 and six are minors.

Montenegro’s first-ever gay rights parade, named Seaside Pride, was attended by an estimated 120 people in Budva on July 23, despite being attacked by anti-gay protesters.

Two persons received light injuries during the event, but the large police presence prevented incidents from escalating.

Officers intervened against rioters who hurled rocks, glasses and bottles against the participants of the parade who were also showered with insults.

The small crowd attending the parade was easily outnumbered by the several hundred opponents of the parade.

Since the event, Zdravko Cimbaljevic, the organiser of the parade, said he had received death threats.

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