Thousands of police protect pride march in Serbia

September 28, 2014 11:50 AM

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of anti-riot police officers were deployed Sunday in downtown Belgrade in an effort to protect a gay pride march that faced threats of attacks from extremists.

Water cannons, armored vehicles and shielded officers blocked all traffic on the route of the march as Serbia tried to show it respects human rights of all of its citizens as it seeks European Union membership.

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