Mladic’s supporters hold mass rally, clashes with police reported

Thousands of Serbian nationalists holding a rally in Belgrad against the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic Mladic’s arrest have clashed with the police, Serbian RTS TV channel reported.

Several thousands of people took part in the protest under the slogan “Stop betrayal!” in support of Mladic, who is facing trial on war crimes and genocide charges.

Protesters have clashed with the police, throwing glass bottles, stones and firecrackers.

Mladic, 69, is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity for playing a key role in ethnic cleansing during Bosnian war in 1992-95, including the murder of some 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.

He is being held at the special war crimes court in Belgrade awaiting extradition to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, due to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Mladic himself warned his supporters against bloodshed, saying he did not want to be the cause of unrest.

BELGRADE, May 29 (RIA Novosti)

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