Serbian official,teargas used in clashes 'not from ministry'

'Outsiders who came to create chaos'

10 July, 13:55

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, JULY 10 - Serbian interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic has said that teargas cartridges had been found in front of and near the Belgrade parliament, the site of clashes in recent days, that were not used by ministry forces. ''We found cartridges that are not used by our police. We will ascertain the origin and the production facilities to establish who may have used them,'' Stefanovic said Friday on the private television station Pink. It is clear, he said, that there are people who came for the purpose of provoking clashes by throwing teargas at police. This, he noted, is senseless since police in anti-riot gear have gas masks and are not affected by teargas. Stefanovic spoke of provocateurs who came simply to stoke chaos and violence. Both President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic clearly referred to the probable participation in Belgrade clashes of foreigners. Minister Stefanovic said Friday that 118 police have been injured and over 150 people arrested including two Israeli nationals in incidents in recent days in Belgrade and other places in the country. He added that initial estimates show that the clashes resulted in damage totalling over a million euros.

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