Bosnia: Three injured after hooded men attack Sarajevo queer film screening

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Three people were injured at a Sarajevo queer film screening on Saturday, after several “hooligans” stormed the cinema wearing hoods and balaclavas.

According to AFP, a police official told that several men had entered the art cinema Kriterion on the second day of the Merlinka queer film festival, which started on Friday.

“Several hooligans entered the Kriterion cinema during the festival. Three people were injured and taken to a hospital, but their lives are not in danger.”

He added that the attackers “did not break anything, but they were yelling and intimidating participants who attended a debate which followed the screening of a movie”.

Although the event organisers could not be reached for immediate comment, a cinema employee reported that around “ten to 15” men had entered the building prior to the attack.

The festival, organised by both Bosnian and Serbian gay rights groups, was scheduled to screen around 30 films on LGBT rights and culture.

The police official also said that police were gathering information about the incident before deciding if charges would be filed.

In 2008, the organisers of a Queer Festival in Sarajevo were forced to close after some participants were attacked by an angry mob.

Participants and organisers continued to receive death threats following the violent attack in which eight people were injured.