Accused war criminal Seselj draws thousands at Serbia rally

A supporter of Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj holds a sign during an anti-government rally in Belgrade on November 15, 2014Some 10,000 supporters of the Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, released by a UN war crimes court for cancer therapy, joined him Saturday at a rally in protest at his country’s shift towards Europe. The gathering was seen as a test of Seselj’s influence at home, where he returned this week after almost 12 years in detention at the court in The Hague, yet to issue a verdict in his trial for crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. “Serbia has to decide should it go towards the East (Russia) or towards the West, where all its enemies are,” the 60-year-old firebrand told a euphoric crowd in downtown Belgrade. Already next year we will have elections that the Serb Radical Party (SRS) will win,” Seselj vowed from the stage.

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