A prominent Jewish group on Thursday protested a planned neo-Nazi march in a northern Serbian city next month and urged Serbian leaders to ban it.
The World Jewish Congress said in letters to Serbia's President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica that the issue was a "matter of great concern" for the organization.
"We were dismayed to learn" that the rally by neo-Nazi Nacionalni Stroj (National Guard) group will take place in Novi Sad on Octobef 7, the letters, obtained by the Associated Press, said.
"We call upon you to join with others in condemnation of this proposed march and to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that Nacionalni Stroj does not continue its repugnant incitement," the letters said.
Nacionalni Stroj is a well-known neo-Nazi group in Serbia. Several members were convicted last year of inciting hatred after they broke into an anti-fascist gathering, and were sentenced to as much as one year in prison.