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Serbian religious leaders hold citywide 'exorcism' after Belgrade Pride

Serbian Christians hold exorcism over the city after Belgrade Pride.
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Belgrade held their largest Pride parade to date on Sept. 18, however some religious officials thought the celebration was so sacrilegious that they had to clear the city of any negative forces by performing an “exorcism.”

Gay Star News posted photos of protestors holding up various banners depicting Jesus Christ, homophobic sentiments and one sign that shows a gay person being driven to “hell” by a figure bearing a cross.

Christian priests and nuns told the local media that they held the “exorcism” in order to “purify” the city of “demonic sins.”

A number of Serbian politicians came out in support of the LGBT community, and were protected by 5,000 law enforcement officials.

Ana Brnabic, the country’s first openly gay minister also marched in the procession through the capital.

 In previous years, the Pride parade has been subject to attacks and even cancelled at one point over concerns about the participant’s safety.

Claiming that "Sodom and Gomorrah" took over the city, demonstrators say they needed to perform an exorcism days after the event.

Christians united in prayer, some of them holding banners that read "Gay Shame." “Shame On You” and “Nevermore.”

This year Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic attended the parade saying she believes events like Pride are important to overcome fear and ignorance.