Nenad Rosic, a gay from Belgrade, said that the young woman was approached by 3 youths who asked her whether she was lesbian because of her tee-shirt. Having refused to answer their questions, one of the attackers left a knife and tried to stab her in the stomach. Fortunately, she moved back and it is her hand which blocked the knife.
"The government condemns the incident but they still do not call it a hate crime" Rosic added.
Dejan Ranđić, from the Liberal Democratic Party, who went to visit the woman who was attacked, wrote in a statement that such incidents showed state’s unwillingness to stand up to those who promoted hatred, intolerance and violence.
"The explanation for cancelation of the Pride Parade which did not make a clear difference between hooligans who wanted to set Belgrade on fire and demolish it and peaceful citizens who wanted to fight for their rights guaranteed by the law and the Constitution resulted in a brutal attack and outbursts of intolerance," Ranđić pointed out.
He added that the fact that nobody was arrested for planning scenarios to create chaos during the Pride Parade had "additionally encouraged all those who wanted to fight against anyone who is different or does not think like them with aggression and violence."