BELGRADE – The Pride Parade has passed and left behind a contented LGBT population, as well as Europe, which implicitly set Belgrade Pride as a requirement. Serbia has shown that it can guarantee everyone the right to public assembly, and received praise from the world. In addition to praise, Pride brought us the bill of one million euros for its maintenance and reaffirmed deep divisions in Serbian society, writes Serbian Daily “Novosti”.

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According to initial estimates, only police involvement cost around one million euros. In order to keep incidents at minimum, about 1,100 walkers at Pride were protected by about 6,800 police officers, who came from all parts of Serbia. At one gay – seven guards!

The calculation is simple – for a million euros, a cost of gay parade, the state was able to build 41 houses to help families whose homes were destroyed in the floods.

The construction of a family house, with standard materials, costs around 400 euros per square meter. So each house of 60 square meters costs about 25,000 euros.

Also, with one million euros, as Goran Rodic, Vice President of Construction Industry Chamber, told the daily, Serbia was able to help the citizens whose homes were damaged in the floods. At least 250 households could pay painter and final craft works, which are estimated at around 3,500 euros per object. The government could also have used that money to rebuild a school or a day care center and supply them with modern equipment. Or to invest in the repair of water and sewer networks, or repair of damaged roads in rural areas or …

Serbia could have spent million euros for the purchase of 90,000 square meters of parquet or provide 8,000 square meters of windows, 90,000 square meters of ceramic tiles, or 500,000 blocks for the construction of houses …

On the other hand, Pride Parade organizers were pleased that it was successfully organized, and with the way the security was provided.

9 COMMENTS

  1. “The calculation is simple – for a million euros, a cost of gay parade, the state was able to build 41 houses to help families whose homes were destroyed in the floods. The construction of a family house, with standard materials, costs around 400 euros per square meter. So each house of 60 square meters costs about 25,000 euros.”

    Yes the government of Serbia is hurting the people and country to appease EU bureaucrats and they will always treat Serbs and Serbia as 2nd or 3rd class, or even worse.

    Also, I notice “Serbs for Serbs” can rebuild homes for around 10,000 euros – of course some of the rebuilding is done by the family members, and maybe the homes are a bit smaller, but they could have built 100 homes for the price of the “gay parade.”
    However, some of the money for the gay parade does go into the pockets of the security forces and so it’s not like the money is all lost if they are Serbs, pay taxes, and buy Serbian products and services with that money – it will circulate in the economy.

    I am glad no one seemed to lost an eye or other serious mutilating injury which can happen. And this reminds me that Albanian fans should be kept out of the football match in Belgrade just as Serbian fans shouldn’t be at the match in Albania as there is high potential for severe injury – including a maiming injury. I remember a Serb or Montenegrin lost an eye at a match in BiH a few years ago.

    • Gay EU…what the fuck are you talking about? Could you please back it up with some actual facts, rather than some macho crap?

  2. A very interesting way to calculate the costs of basic human rights.
    With this logic it would be interesting to see what the cost were, and still are, for the human rights violations in former Yugoslavia.
    How much did Serbia, together with Croatia and BiH spend on destroying property, ruining people’s lives and ultimately killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions of people.
    How many square meters of parquet did these wars cost, regardless of who’s blaming who?
    Sadly, Serbia has not learned very much from the experience and to a large extent views human rights, not only gay but women’s, children’s, ethnic minorities’, etc., as an unnecessary luxury.
    Meanwhile the country is economically and morally drained by corrupt politicians, maffia, media all cheered on and blessed by the Serbian orthodox church.

  3. “How much did Serbia, together with Croatia and BiH spend on destroying property, ruining people’s lives and ultimately killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions of people.”

    kb, those wars were entirely engineered by the big foreign powers – mainly the U.S., Germany and Britain. They were covertly advising and working with separatists BEFORE the war kicked off, there were economic and legislative measures taken by the U.S. Congress to bring about the fall of Yugoslavia. And while some of those nations initially paid lipservice to wanting to keep Yugoslavia together, their actions showed otherwise – including Britain found to have sold and delivered millions worth of military communications equipment to Slovenia BEFORE the wars started. That deal was sign off by the same politician who claimed Yugoslavia should stay together.

    It was also U.S. diplomats and advisers who had Alija Izetbegovic break an agreement which would have prevented the Bosnian war – the agreement would have given the “ethnics” a similar arrangement to what they got after all the fighting.
    Western countries were also bankrolling weapons into the war even though they pushed through UN sanctions on the countries – but only for Yugoslavia/Serbia-Montenegro was it actually applied.
    There were enormous Iranian arms shipments to the Bosnian Muslims, these were aided by the west and the U.S. used the “no fly zone” in BiH to delivery them, according to UN documents.

    There were U.S., German and British advisers and spies on the ground. They also spread lies and propaganda which ratcheted up the war and there were many mercenaries who were (ex) soldiers and (ex) CIA agents who were killing civilians and POWs in the war. Becoming an (ex) soldier or agent was just a technicality to get around the illegality of what they were doing.

  4. It’s not because of gays that these costs exists, it’s because of hordes of intolerant thugs that would kill someone just for being different.

  5. @Sloba YUgosloven and @jj
    Thank you for the links and reply. I am very much aware of the fact that the wars were not as simple as they were portrayed in Western media. I visited the area many times during and after the wars. I also worked during those years with refugees from Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia and got a first hand account of the events. The fact nevertheless remains that there were, and still are human rights violations in former Yugoslavia that are either ignored or straight out supported. During my recent trip to Vojvodina I noticed that the “Death to Hungarians” graffiti have been painted over and replaced with “Death to faggots”.
    While I’m not a great fan of any type of parades, I do find it “interesting” that the cost of protecting the constitutional right of assembly is blamed on the participants of this parade and compared to the cost of bathroom tiles, and not on the thugs and “football supporters” who will go to any length to violate those rights. Nor is it blamed on the church which is openly supporting these violations. Nor are the costs set against the rampant corruption that costs Serbia far more than any parade.
    While the born-again PM is promising to make Serbia a modern country (whatever that means) in a short period of time, it will not happen while silencing critical media and allowing free rein to very destructive forces in society.

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