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Bosnia's gay week cancelled after attacks

Fri 26 Sep 2008 In: International News View at NDHA

The organisers of Bosnia's first-ever gay pride festival have cancelled all their planned events this week, following attacks at the opening ceremony at which eight people were injured. Violence: Gay pride attendees attacked in Sarajevo Around 70 young men, some shouting "God is greatest" in Arabic, drgged festival-goers from their cars and attacked them and others on the streets of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on Wednesday. "We cannot guarantee the safety of visitors," Bosnia pride organiser Svetlana Djurkovic now says, according to Reuters. "The festival is closing down." Agence France Press is now reporting that the festival is continuing "underground". The organisers of the festival and their sympathisers, including journalists, have and continue to receive death threats. Amnesty International says there must be a prompt and thorough investigation of the attacks – and those responsible must be bought to justice. More on this story is on the links below.    

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First published: Friday, 26th September 2008 - 9:33am

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