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Pro-Karadzic rally leads to arrests

July 23, 2008 at 1:09 PM

BELGRADE, Serbia, July 23 (UPI) -- Five Serbian nationalists were arrested in Serbia during a rally against the arrest of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic, government officials said.

More than 100 Serb nationalists, including members of the far-right Obraz group, rallied in central Belgrade, hurling cafe furniture and firecrackers at police when they tried to disperse the crowd, RIA Novosti, the Russian news agency, reported Wednesday.

Tempers calmed after Serbian Radical Party Secretary-General Alexander Vucic urged protesters to show restraint and thanked them for their "love of Serbia, the Serb people, Radovan Karadzic, and their willingness to fight for Serbia," the news agency said.

Karadzic was captured by Serbian security forces Monday after living for more than a decade in disguise as a healer in Belgrade. Karadzic was indicted by the International Criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1995 for suspected war crimes during the Bosnian War.

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