The Guardian on Serbia: “Vucic a populist, pro-Kremlin authoritarian”

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The British daily The Guardian writes about Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the arms amnesty that was prompted by two recent tragic events in the country, a mass shooting at the Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school in Belgrade and a mass shooting near the town of Mladenovac.

The Guardian notes that thousands took to the streets of Belgrade on Friday in a second opposition-led “Serbia against violence” protest march, demanding the resignation of the interior minister and an end to what many see as a culture of violence fanned by the media and ruling party politicians.

The British daily says that, in a deeply divided nation awash with lethal weaponry, where war criminals are glorified, reality shows on state TV star convicted murderers, and memories of savage recent conflicts run deep, many doubt whether the president’s pledge to disarm the country will be enough. Serbians have surrendered more than 13,500 weapons, notes The Guardian.

The president, Aleksandar Vucic, a populist, pro-Kremlin authoritarian whose political roots are in far-right nationalism – he was briefly the information minister under the late Serb leader and indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic – decried “an attack on our entire country,” The Guardian reported.