Serbian far-right organization on Friday held a rally in support of Russian people in the capital Belgrade.
The People’s Patrols started out as a group hostile to the migrants and refugees crossing Serbia on route to Europe, claiming that Vladimir Putin is fighting against a ”Nazi and pro-Western government”.
The rally began with a large number of citizens from several right-wing groups. The crowd chanted messages of support for Russia.
Damnjan Knezevic from the People’s Patrol and Mladen Obradovic from Obraz – addressed the protest participants from the stage.
They said that if Serbia imposes sanctions on Russia after the elections, twice as many people will take to the streets.
“Russia, no matter how much they attack us and offer us light, is all a drop in the ocean for one Slavic soul.
There is no Serb who will impose sanctions on Russia and Belarus,” said Knezevic said. Obradovic said that “Russia is freeing the whole world from NATO threats” and that today “Putin has shown who is the strongest and bravest statesman in the world”.
The gathering began with the anthems of Serbia and Russia, the citizens carrying Russian and Serbian flags shouted “Russia, Russia”, “Serbs and Russians are brothers forever”.
The protesters then went for a walk to the Russian embassy.
Russia’s war on Ukraine has led to international outrage, with the EU, US, UK, and others implementing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.
The West is also supplying Kyiv with weapons and humanitarian aid. But Putin says the “special military operation” will last until all goals set were achieved. He started the war on Feb. 24 to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.
According to the UN Human Rights office, at least 331 civilians have been killed and 675 injured in Ukraine since the start of the war.
More than 1.2 million people have also fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, the UN Refugee Agency said.