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Serbia: Thousands of Serbs gather outside parliament before elections01:13

Serbia: Thousands of Serbs gather outside parliament before elections

Serbia, Belgrade
October 25, 2013 at 16:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Serbia: Thousands of Serbs gather outside parliament before elections

Around 2000 Serbs from Kosovo, chanting pro-Serbia mottos and waving Serbian flags, gathered in front of the Serbian government headquarters in Belgrade on Friday. The crowd waited for around 2 hours before Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, and Serbian Minster for Kosovo and Metohija, Aleksander Vulin, addressed them.

Vucic called on Serbs in Kosovo to vote during the upcoming Kosovan general elections, set for November 3. Kosovan authorities have forbidden several Serbian polititians, including Aleksandar Vulin, to travel to Kosovo.

Chairman of the Serbian parliament’s Committee on Kosovo-Metohija (KiM), Milovan Drecun, said Thursday that Kosovan authorities are trying to obstruct the electoral process in an attempt to avoid a community of Serb muncipalities being created during the November 3 elections.

The crowd was also protesting against Turkish Prime Minster, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent remark that “Kosovo is Turkey, and Turkey is Kosovo" during a speech in Kosovo on October 23.

Serbia normalized relations with Kosovo in late April, despite widespread protest. Belgrade agreed to recognise Pristina, the largest city in Kosovo, in return for relative autonomy of the Serb population living in the city.

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Serbia: Thousands of Serbs gather outside parliament before elections

Around 2000 Serbs from Kosovo, chanting pro-Serbia mottos and waving Serbian flags, gathered in front of the Serbian government headquarters in Belgrade on Friday. The crowd waited for around 2 hours before Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, and Serbian Minster for Kosovo and Metohija, Aleksander Vulin, addressed them.

Vucic called on Serbs in Kosovo to vote during the upcoming Kosovan general elections, set for November 3. Kosovan authorities have forbidden several Serbian polititians, including Aleksandar Vulin, to travel to Kosovo.

Chairman of the Serbian parliament’s Committee on Kosovo-Metohija (KiM), Milovan Drecun, said Thursday that Kosovan authorities are trying to obstruct the electoral process in an attempt to avoid a community of Serb muncipalities being created during the November 3 elections.

The crowd was also protesting against Turkish Prime Minster, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent remark that “Kosovo is Turkey, and Turkey is Kosovo" during a speech in Kosovo on October 23.

Serbia normalized relations with Kosovo in late April, despite widespread protest. Belgrade agreed to recognise Pristina, the largest city in Kosovo, in return for relative autonomy of the Serb population living in the city.