June is Gay and Lesbian pride month – and marches are taking place across Europe. In deeply conservative Croatia, the police were out in force, anticipating confrontation. And they were right. An angry crowd gathered in Split, ahead of the first Gay Pride event in the town. The march continued regardless – until missiles were thrown.
Several dozen people were arrested.
In Poland the atmosphere was more peaceful. The three-hour parade passed off without major incident and there were no arrests or detentions.
Europride this year is being hosted by Rome. Tens of thousands of funlovers used the event as an excuse to party in the Italian capital. But some had a more serious message, asking for gay marriage to be recognised by the state. The party continued at the Circus Maximus, the venue for chariot races in Ancient Rome. But this time the scene was set for a concert by gay icon Lady Gaga.