After Belgrade's "Love Heals The World"-themed Pride parade, Christian demonstrators felt the need to "purify" the city.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

26 Sep 2016 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 26 Sep 2016 - 2:55 PM

Christian priests and nuns hit the streets of Serbia's capital to "purify" the streets of Belgrade after Pride over the weekend.

Armed with crosses, pictures of Jesus, and posters with slogans like “Gay Shame Never in Public Life”, “Shame on You”, and “Nevermore”, the group performed a ritual to undo all the terrible influence of Belgrade's "Love Heals The World"-themed pride parade.

Saying group prayers and singing hymns, the demonstrators cleansed the city of the “Sodom and Gomorra” of the Pride parade.

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“Why do they have to go public and parade?" one Priest asked, before answering his own question: "Why? I’ll tell you why. They want to recruit and to spoil the next generations.”

Belgrade's Pride parade was banned for four years after a violent stand-off with far-right extremists, who threw petrol bombs at the 2010 parade, resulting in 100 people being injured. In order for the parade to go ahead this year, thousands of police and helicopters we in place to protect the LGBT+ community.

Homosexuality was legalised in Serbia in 1994, but same-sex marriage remains unrecognised.

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