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Serbia Gay Pride March Set for Oct. 2

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BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbia’s gay groups have set this year’s pride march for Oct. 2, defying threats from extremists and fears of a repeat of violence a year ago that injured more than 150 people.

Organizers said they expect authorities to provide security. They say the exact plan for the march will be disclosed later for security reasons.

Last October, hundreds of extremists attacked police securing the march, triggering daylong clashes.

The event was seen as a test for Serbia’s reformist government seeking EU membership.

Nationalist group “Dveri” has warned that this year’s gay pride could “easily activate a bomb of social discontent.”

Serbia has seen a rise of extremist violence since the wars of the 1990s.

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