A GERMAN gay rights activist has been badly beaten in the Serbian capital of Belgrade two weeks before the city’s first gay pride march in four years.

The man’s identity has not been released, but was in hospital on Saturday with “severe head injuries and bleeding”, reports BBC News.

He was reportedly awake and communicating during a later visit by Serbian health minister Zlatibor Loncar.

Police said they have arrested three unnamed suspects over this incident, which occurred in central Belgrade.

The gay pride event scheduled for two weeks time will be the city’s first since 2010, when police clashed violently with anti-gay protesters.

Over 100 people were injured, mostly police officers, leading local authorities to ban subsequent pride marches.

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