Because of the “fascist” comparison on Twitter
SP-Wermuth has received harsh criticism from Serbia
Because he spoke of “Putin, Vucic and Serbian fascists” on Twitter, Serbia demands an apology from SP co-leader Cédric Wermuth. In a letter, sharp criticism of statements by the social democrat is expressed.
On Twitter, SP co-boss Cédric Wermuth spoke of “Putin, Vucic and Serbian fascists”.
Road blockades and saber rattling – the conflict in northern Kosovo has been making headlines for weeks. Switzerland has already called on the two countries to relax. But not only the federal government has commented on the conflict. SP co-boss Cédric Wermuth (36) gave his anger a lot of air on Twitter.
That’s not surprising: Wermuth’s proximity to Kosovo and the Vetëvendosje party of Kosovar President Albin Kurti (47) is well known. At the time, Kurti Wermuth personally congratulated him on being co-president.
Wermuth wrote on Twitter that one should not speak of a conflict between two sides. There are only Vucic, Putin and Serbian fascists who do not accept the right of the Kosovar people to self-determination.
Serbia demands apology
The tweet drew heated responses online. He also fell into the wrong trap with the Serbian ambassador in Bern, Goran Bradic. In a letter that is available to the “Weltwoche”, he turns to Wermuth and demands at least an apology.
Bradic also finds other clear words: “apolitical”, “undiplomatic” and “unfriendly” is the statement. To equate the Serbian people with “fascists” is outrageous, historically and politically incorrect, and offensive.
Statement is a sign of ignorance
Bradic accuses Wermuth of turning victims into perpetrators and executioners. Because in the Second World War, fascists murdered between 600,000 and 700,000 Serbs, Jews and Roma in concentration camps, emphasizes the ambassador. Almost the entire family of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (52) was killed during this time. Wermuth’s statement was therefore a huge insult and a sign of his ignorance.
It is hardly a coincidence that the letter is available to the “Weltwoche” of all places. The weekly has repeatedly been criticized for its uncritical attitude towards Putin and other autocratic systems.
situation remains tense
Wermuth is not alone in suspecting a link between Serbian saber-rattling and Putin’s offensive in Ukraine. SP co-president Wermuth could not be reached for a statement when Blick asked.
The situation between Kosovo and Serbia is tense. Serbia has never recognized the independent state of Kosovo, which was formerly part of the country. In connection with local elections in northern Kosovo, the conflict has escalated sharply in recent weeks. In cooperation with the NATO security troops, 195 Swiss soldiers are also stationed in Kosovo. (tom)