Serbian radicals chant "Vote for Trump" during US vice-president's visit

Belgrade, Aug 17: Even as polls in the US showed Republican candidate Donald Trump gradually falling behind his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton ahead of the November 8 general election, the mood is quite the contrary in Serbia where ultranationalists have strongly backed the New York real-estate tycoon.

The protesters were led by Vojislav Seselj, the chief of Serbian Radical Party.


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Current Vice-President Joe Biden got an uncomfortable taste of Trump's support when several ultranationalists marched throughout Belgrade, Serbia's capital, chaning "Vote for Trump!" during his visit there on Tuesday (Aug 16).

Biden, who has been one among the many in the US to vocally oppose Trump, was perhaps given a cold welcome by the radicals because of his support for the bombing of Serbia by the Nato in the 1990s.

During his stay in Belgrade, Biden, however, apologised for the deaths caused by the Nato bombings. The American vice-president was in Serbia to encourage it normalise relations with Kosovo, which split from Serbia in 1999 and became independent in 2008.

The protesters were weraing T-shirts with Trump's face imprinted on them and chanting his name. Seselj told Reuters that Trump, as an alternative to globalisation, would destroy old power centres in the US and is a supporter of Russia.

The Serbian Radical Party won about eight per cent of votes in the country's latest parliamentary election and in the past, it even had aligned with late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, said a Washington Post article.


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