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Anti-gay group banned in Serbia

Serbia’s top court has banned a far-right group responsible for attacks on gays, Westerners and liberals.

The constitutional court said Tuesday that Obraz, or Honor in Serbian, has been banned for “triggering racial, national and religious hatred.”

The group was involved in the burning of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade in February 2008 during nationalist protests against the recognition of the former Serbian province of Kosovo by Western states.

The ultranationalist group, staunchly anti-Western and pro-Russian, has also disrupted several public gatherings by liberals and attacked a gay pride march in Belgrade in 2010 that left dozens injured.

Several such far-right groups mushroomed in Serbia after the Yugoslav wars in the 90’s.

Serbia has pledged to protect human rights as it seeks European Union membership.

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