Shaip Kamberi, the head of the Bujanovac municipality, a multiethnic community with Albanian minority, told N1 TV on Thursday people there were not afraid of an ultra-nationalist, but worried that behind him was the state.
Misa Vacic, a minor political figure in Serbia, the head of the Serbian Right ultra-nationalist and homophobic party, has been on the spotlight recently for his threats to local Serbs in Bujanovac, and in opposition-held municipalities.
Kamberi said it was significant that Vacic threatened people in municipalities where the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) was not in power and that his words brought anxiety among the population.
“It is not about a politically minor figure, what Vacic is, the fear is based on a question what if the authorities or a part of them are hiding behind him and trying to endanger peace in Bujanovac and create artificial incidents between the Albanians and Serbs,” Kamberi told N1.
According to him, "these statements are fascist and should be sharply condemned,” adding that there were no inter-ethnic incidents in Bujanovac.
But, he added, Vacic’s statements targeted "the Serbs who are not SNS supporters and the intention is to condemn some political options so that people don’t vote for them."
"We hope the judiciary will react appropriately,” Kamberi said.
Some of Serbia’s opposition leaders and analysts also assumed Vacic had the authorities’ green light for such threats.