A gay rights parade in Belgrade which began peacefully enough, erupted into violence as police fought running battles with far-right protesters trying to disrupt the march.
During what was supposed to be a rally to show Serbia’s readiness to become a more tolerant society, youths began chanting anti-gay slogans and singing nationalist songs.
Around 5,000 police deployed to protect the marchers tried to steer the protesters away from the parade, but were met with missiles.
When confronted by armoured vehicles and riot squads, the youths turned on other targets, attacking the headquarters of Serbia’s ruling political parties.
Eventually police detained over 5O people. Right-wing groups say that homosexuality is contrary to Serbia’s religious and family values.