Oct. 21 - Montenegro gay pride march ends in scuffles between police and opponents of same sex rights. Paul Chapman reports
Montenegro's first successful gay pride march drew about 150 supporters of same-sex rights....and nearly 2, 000 police to protect them. The half-hour march through the capital, Podgorica, was tense but incident free. It was a different story at the end of the event. Scuffles erupted between police and people opposed to same-sex rights. Police used tear gas to disperse them. Popular sentiment in Montenegro, like many of the other conservative patriarchal societies of the Balkans, remains largely anti-gay. Montenegro is hoping to be next in line to join the European Union after neighbouring Croatia. Before that can happen it has to show its readiness to protect human rights.