ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – Croatian police have detained a number of individuals over incidents throughout and after this weekend’s Pride march within the capital of Zagreb.
The incidents included verbal and bodily assaults on some individuals and the burning of a rainbow-coloured LGBT flag, the Zagreb police stated Sunday. Police are nonetheless on the lookout for a number of the perpetrators.
Franko Dota, from the Zagreb Pride group, instructed the state HRT tv that the incidents had been the primary since 2011. Saturday’s march was the twentieth held within the Croatian capital.
“We expect the police to conduct a thorough investigation and treat all the incidents as hate crimes over sexual orientation, and not as violations of public orders,” he stated.
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The incidents concerned anti-gay messages, a person blocking passage to 2 girls, verbally assaulting them and spitting at one of many girls earlier than fleeing, in addition to bodily assaults, police stated.
In the worst assault late Saturday, a bunch approached two younger males, one among whom was hit within the face and rainbow flag was snatched from him and burnt, earlier than a younger girl hit each males of their faces.
Croatia is a predominantly conservative Catholic nation that joined the European Union in 2013.
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