BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Riot police clashed with soccer hooligans in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, where a Europe-wide pride march took place, despite threats from anti-gay groups and an earlier official ban on the march in the traditionally conservative Balkan country.

Tensions were high in the Serbian capital as ultranationalist fans hurled stun grenades, rocks and flares at cordoned off police who fought back with batons and shields. Meanwhile, hundreds of Pride supporters gathered several kilometers (miles) away in the pouring rain, dancing and singing as their march took a shortened route.

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