Serbia: Security tight ahead of Mladic demo

Security has been tightened throughout Serbia ahead of the protest planned by ultra-nationalists over the arrest of Ratko Mladic, police said today.

Security has been tightened throughout Serbia ahead of the protest planned by ultra-nationalists over the arrest of Ratko Mladic, police said today.

Ivica Dacic said the rally scheduled for Sunday in Belgrade will closely be watched by the police.

Dacic said that: “Security has been increased, but the situation in Serbia is stable.”

Europe’s most-wanted fugitive, Mladic was arrested on Thursday after 16 years on the run from genocide charges issued against him by a UN war crimes court for his part in the killing of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica and other atrocities committed by his troops during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

“Additional attention has been focused on the extremist groups these days,” Dacic said. “We are taking measures to prevent the escalation of extremist behaviour.”

There are fears of violence as extreme right-wing groups are calling their supporters, mostly soccer hooligans, to join the Sunday rally in front of the parliament building organised by the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party.

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