The first Pride Parade in Bosnia and Herzegovina will take place in Sarajevo tomorrow.
The march will begin at 1200 hrs in front of the ‘Eternal Flame’ monument, continue down the Marsala Tita Street, through the Hastahana Park, and end at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Square, in front of the building of the Parliament of BiH.
Gathering of members of the LGBTIQ community and their friends and supporters will begin at 1100 hrs. The entry to the secured area will be possible only from the Kulovica Street, and the entrance will be closed at exactly 1200 hrs.
Marsala Tita Street and neighboring streets are likely to be blocked from 0800 hrs. The event is expected to finish at exactly 1400 hrs, and traffic is expected to be normalized one hour later.
Sarajevo Canton Ministry of Interior, with the assistance of the Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the FBiH Police Administration and four cantonal ministries of interior, will provide additional measures including road blocks and passage control in order to provide for a safe and secure environment.
Police officers would have to secure free and safe movement of more than 500 participants, block a number of side streets and make sure that participants do not come into any kind of contact with those attending some of several announced protests against the first Pride Parade in Sarajevo.
Both the EU Delegation and the US Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina have welcomed the commitment by the Sarajevo Canton authorities to ensure that the first LGBTIQ Pride Parade in the country takes place peacefully, saying that the march represented an opportunity for the country to demonstrate tolerance and appreciation for diversity.
US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Eric Nelson has announced that he himself will take part in the first Bosnia’s pride march.