Like in many other places in the world, Belgrade’s citizens have opened their windows and balconies to support nurses, doctors, epidemiologists and police officers. But on March 22, the applause was also directed at something else. That Sunday evening’s “Applause at 8” was meant to support Croatia — the country against which Serbia fought a war 30 years ago. That very morning, Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, had been shaken by a strong earthquake . Sarajevo quickly joined Belgrade’s citizens in their support. The applause was well received in Croatia and across the region. It was the first time in 30 years that Belgrade expressed such strong and visible support for Croatia. A similar kind of solidarity, though with less impact, has been seen during the last decade in the context of floods and sports events on both sides of the border. Serbs supported the Croatian soccer team during the final games of the 2018 World Cup, while Croats supported Novak Djokovic as he was winning Grand Slams. Read more : Coronavirus: Demand for Filipino nurses increases in Europe Solidarity over indifference Right after the earthquake, a cartoon emerged in Sarajevo depicting “Vucko” (the wolf) — the symbol of 1984 Sarajevo Olympic Games — who was holding “Zagi” (the sea… Read full this story
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