Friends of Serbia EP group condemns acts of violence of hooligan troops in Belgrade and Genoa
During the meeting of the Friends of Serbia Group on the 14th of October, 2010, in the European Parliament in Brussels, the group adopted the following statement condemning the recent acts of violence and expressions of hatred by Serbian hooligans and right-wing extremist groups.
Friends of Serbia in the European Parliament denounces the acts of violence in Belgrade, Serbia, and Genoa, Italy. The violent attacks on police forces who were protecting the peaceful participants to Serbia’s first LGBT “Pride march”, were followed two days later by severe acts of violence and vandalism by similar hostile groups during the Euro-qualifying match between Serbia and Italy.
The Group expresses its support to the Serbian government and authorities as well as to the law enforcement institutions for the efforts they showed in opposing these attacks, and encourages them in finding appropriate solutions to prevent and combat future acts of violence.
The Serbian authorities are encouraged to take a tough stance in condemning and prosecuting extremist groups that take social gatherings as a pretext to exercise acts of violence, hatred and discrimination. Under international and domestic law, the Serbian authorities should guarantee the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression to all their citizens.