In Belgrade, this Tuesday, right-wingers protested against the European proposal for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The protest was held outside the Faculty of Philosophy building.
The call for protest was made through the Russian network, Telegram, by the unregistered ultra-right organization “People’s Patrol” that had earlier organized protests to oppose the Serbian government’s policies towards Kosovo.
The speakers at the protest were introduced as students from different faculties of the University of Belgrade.
Stefan Simonovic, who introduced himself as a student of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, said that the European proposal means “the end for Serbia”.
“We demand an immediate halt to all negotiations and discussions on the Franco-German proposal,” he said.
The European proposal is also known as the Franco-German proposal.
On February 27, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, expressed their willingness to implement this proposal, which aims to lead the parties to an agreement on the normalization of relations.
Protesters gathered in Belgrade chanted “treason”, “we will not give up Kosovo” and used offensive expressions towards Vucic and the Albanians in Kosovo.
After the address in front of the Faculty of Philosophy, the protesters marched through the streets of Belgrade and stopped in front of the Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) building, from where they demanded “a different opinion, not only that Kosovo is lost” during the broadcast on this state channel.
Protesters in front of RTS chanted “Serbs, Russians always brothers”, “Serbia for Serbs”. Some of the protesters carried Russian flags.
Russian flags, the Z symbol as a symbol used by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine – and the symbols of the Russian mercenary group Wagner are often seen at right-wing protests in Serbia.
Despite the fact that Serbia is a candidate country for membership in the European Union, Serbia has refused to impose sanctions on Russia because of the war on Ukraine.
Officials in Belgrade justify the non-imposition of sanctions against Moscow, with the support that Russia gives to Serbia regarding Kosovo, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Otherwise, the European proposal is said to aim to lead the parties to a comprehensive agreement for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.