A Serbian Facebook page in support of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi which has gathered more than 46,000 “likes” was set up by an ultranationalist movement, its administrator said Thursday. “It’s all simply about support to Libyan people defending their independence,” administrator Igor Marinkovic of the minority extreme nationalist movement Nasi 1389 told AFP. “Libya was attacked as we (in Serbia) were in 1999. Libya and its leader, Colonel Kadhafi, supported us at the time and now we support them,” he said.
Thursday marks 12 years since the start of a 78-day NATO bombing campaign to force the troops of then president Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo. Serbs have “bitter memories” of their own air strikes, Marinkovic added. Some 46,516 people have so far liked the group “Support for Muammar al Gaddafi from the people of Serbia” at the Facebook social network, posting messages in favor of Kadhafi and against Western powers and coalition strikes.
“Never forget, never forgive, America kills, Support Libyans !!! 24.03.1999,” read a posted Thursday. “THE COLONEL HEARD ABOUT US!!! Our group was main news on Libyan television!!! Together until victory!,” read another post by an administrator on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile a group calling itself the Libyan Youth Movement claiming to be a “leading organisation fighting against the criminal regime” of Kadhafi sent a statement to AFP raising concern over Serbian Internet support for Kadhafi. “Libyan official state TV has been broadcasting Internet content from Serbian supporters of Kadhafi on a regular basis in order to show that Kadhafi still has supporters in other nations,” they said. The claims could not be independently verified.
More on Nasi 1389/Nasi Srbija here.
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