Protesters in front of Media Centar in Nis. | Photo: Maja Ledjenac for BETA.

Nationalist protesters prevent screening of Kosovo film

Far-right protesters carrying Serbian flags and chanting anti-Albanian slogans prevented a Nis screening of film about cooperation between Serbs and Albanians.

Dozens of nationalists, including members of the banned far-right group Obraz, prevented the screening of a film called ‘Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’ in the southern Serbian city of Nis on Thursday evening.

While the protesters were waving Serbian flags outside the Media Centre, where the film was about to be shown, a few entered the building and started shouting at the organizers.

“We forbid the projection of this pagan film. We will not allow this, you will all get beaten up and all of this [the Media Centre] will be trashed,” shouted a man in a military uniform who the media identified as Branislav Vakic, a former Serbian Radical Party MP.

“The police kept trying to calm him, instead of removing him from the premises right away. They showed him out when it was already clear that the projection was not going to happen,” said one of the film-makers, journalist Darko Sper.

Sper told BIRN that police were present inside and in front of the building, where between 30 and 40 people were “roaring out songs”.

The film, ‘Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’, co-produced by BIRN Kosovo, chronicles the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, during the Kosovo war, and the civil resistance in Serbia against the war.

Like ‘Kosovo… Nazdravlje! Gezuar!’, a film that was stopped from being screened earlier this month in Novi Sad, ‘Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’  is one of five films made as part of a project called ‘Real People – Real Solutions’, co-produced by BIRN Kosovo, the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina and the ZFD Forum, and supported by the EU Delegation in Serbia.

Read the full story on Balkan Insight.

23/06/2017 - 15:27

23 June 2017 - 15:27