Anti-immigrant protests in Serbia

Residents of Vračević village, 65km south from Belgrade, blocked the road to a nearby Bogovađa village in protest against undocumented immigrants who have been placed in its asylum centre.

The blockade started on the evening of November 28, a day after a protest against immigrants erupted, with an accommodation barracks set on fire in Obrenovac, municipality of Belgrade City.

According to state television RTS, the protest in Vračević prevented food delivery to immigrants in Bogovađa. The access to the road had been allowed only for ambulances.

“The locals say they have decided to block the road because 180 asylum-seekers have been accommodated in their village, in contrary to government’s decision,” RTS reported.

Vladimir Božović, state secretary of the Interior Ministry confirmed that asylum-seekers in Bogovađa live “outside, in the woods” because of an alleged lack of accommodation. However, he said the immigrants would be soon transported into buildings “in the area of Sjenica and Tutin”, in the South-West of Serbia.

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