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US ambassador urges Serbia to secure gay pride

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BELGRADE, Serbia – The U.S. ambassador to Serbia has urged authorities to provide security for an upcoming gay pride march that has faced threats from extremists.

Mary Warlick said in a statement Wednesday that pride marches present an “important and widely-accepted vehicle” for the gay community to advocate their rights.

Serbia’s pride march is set for Sunday, but there are fears it could erupt in violence similar to last year’s when more than 100 people were injured. A right-wing group has scheduled its own gathering on the same day.

Warlick praised the Serbian authorities for securing last year’s event despite the attacks, and urged them “to do everything possible to facilitate a successful and safe event this year as well.”

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