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Thousands join Serbian church protest in Belgrade

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AP (8 Jan 2020) Thousands of people marched in Serbia's capital on Wednesday, protesting against alleged suppression of religious rights of Serb minorities in neighbouring countries. The protest in …More
AP (8 Jan 2020) Thousands of people marched in Serbia's capital on Wednesday, protesting against alleged suppression of religious rights of Serb minorities in neighbouring countries. The protest in Belgrade came after a call to action by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Orthodox priests led a procession through downtown Belgrade to the landmark St. Sava Temple, one of the world's largest Orthodox churches. Protesters said they were marching to highlight the "suffering" of Serbs living in Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia and elsewhere in the Balkans. The demonstration featured religious iconography, including Serbian church flags and paintings, with one banner reading "It's time for God's justice". A religion rights law was adopted last month by the Parliament of Montenegro, which Serbian nationalists claim will lead to the impounding of Serbian church property in the country. Montenegrin officials have denied the claim.