BUDVA, Montenegro (AP) — Dozens of extremists shouting “Kill the gays” have attacked gay activists as they were gathering for the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro.

The assailants threw rocks, bottles and various other objects at some 20 gay activists and supporters and at special police securing the event in the coastal town of Budva on Wednesday. Police intervened to push the attackers away and the event continued as planned.

An event organizer, Aleksandar Zekovic, said that “unfortunately, in 20 years of transition Montenegro has not matured enough to tolerate differences.” He added that “we still believe the police have the capacity to secure the event.”

Montenegro, a country of some 600,000 people, is known for its macho male culture and respect of traditional values.