Croatia hosts thousands in peaceful gay pride march

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Several thousand people held a gay pride march Saturday in Croatia, where conservatives backed by the influential Catholic Church want to make same sex marriage illegal, while neighbouring Slovenia’s president led a similar march in his country’s capital.

There were no incidents as the crowds carrying flags and banners and guarded by police gathered and then marched through the centre of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb.

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“This pride parade is not directed against others, not even against those who hate us and view us as second-rate citizens,” an organizer Marko Jurcic said.

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