THE SHOT — An estimated 100,000 people flooded the streets of Buenos Aires on Saturday, with much gay pride to celebrate: This summer Argentina became South America's first country to legalize gay marriage.
In the Taiwanese CGI version of Carl Paladino's life, The Gays aren't just some dysfunctional monsters gyrating at gay pride parades. They show up at his front door like a couple of Mormon missionaries.
We were all holding out hope that it wouldn't happen, but it did. A day after a large anti-gay march in Serbia's capital, violence disrupted today's pride parade in Belgrade, the first one held in that country since 2001. hundreds of right-wing protesters. attacked and injured at least 100 people, including many of the thousands of police officers who were present to protect the pro-gay activists.
Several parked cars were set on fire or damaged, shop windows were broken, garbage containers were overturned and streets signs destroyed. Several shops were looted. The rioters fired shots and hurled petrol bombs at the headquarters of the ruling pro-Western Democratic Party, setting the garage of the building on fire. The state TV building and other political parties headquarters were also attacked, with many of the house windows shattered by stones. The protesters, chanting "death to homosexuals!" hurled Molotov cocktails, bricks, stones, glass bottles and firecrackers at riot police. Police responded by firing tear gas and deploying armored vehicles to disperse the charging protesters in the heart of the capital even after the brief pride march ended.
The protesters hijacked a bus, ordered all of its passengers and the driver out, and pushed it down a steep street before it hit an electric pole on a main Belgrade square. An organizer, Lazar Pavlovic, said that staging of the pride march was a "historic event." He condemned the violence and noted that the incidents and immense security measures illustrate the dangers the gay people in Serbia are facing.
Apparently the protesters also caused about .3 million in damage.
Reactions from Belgrade officials:
Serbian President Boris Tadic: "Serbia will guarantee human rights for all its citizens, regardless of the differences among them, and no attempts to revoke these freedoms with violence will be allowed,"
Irish-American commentator Niall O’Dowd insisted yesterday that Mrs McAleese’s decision was connected to the issue of gays being refused the right to march in the parade under their own banners.
“I think she made her decision based on the fact that she has a great relationship with gay groups in Ireland and this would be a hugely controversial move for her because of the ban on gays in the parade,” he said.
She had made her decision and many gay groups in Ireland would probably agree with her, Mr O’Dowd said.
Wild. I love the addendum Rex ads at the bottom of the article:
Sunil sent me these great pics just a few minutes ago. I know we’ve had this Interwebs/InnerTubes thing for like 18 years now, but it still blows my mind that I can sit in my underwear in San Diego and publish a report and photos from Nepal, to the entire planet, the same damned day the story happened. You young’uns have no idea what it took to report international gay news in the ’80s, which I did. I oughta work on a little blog essay about how I did it back in the era of -a-minute international phone calls, jammed thermal-paper fax machines, and boat-mail exchange subscriptions with fledgling foreign-language gay newspapers from all over the world. As for photos, that was a 0, two-day FedEx adventure, in the best-case scenario. My first fax machine, by the way, cost 0 in 1980s dollars.