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Serbian Capital to Host Conspiracy Theorist David Icke

David Icke, the former BBC broadcaster best known for his belief that reptiles from outer space control the world, is visiting Serbia, a country much given to conspiracy theories.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
David Icke. Photo: Tyler Merbler/Flickr

Former British TV sports broadcaster and conspiracy theorist David Icke, who is known for delivering long lectures, will hold a 12-hour lecture in Belgrade’s Sava Centar on April 29.

Icke, best known for his theory that a reptilian alien cabal rules the world, praised Serbia for resisting the EU and warned about the alleged power of billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

"I think it is a great thing that Serbia successfully resisted the constant pressure to be pushed into the EU and NATO ... But be careful, the hidden hand is at work in Serbia too. It is everywhere,“ Icke told the Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti, which is organising his visit.

Vecernje Novosti also asked Icke about the Hungarian-born Soros, who is often targeted by pro-government media in Serbia for his support for civil society organisations.

"Soros is part of that hidden, powerful hand that controls both the Democratic and Republican party in the US. His power has not disappeared, he is part of the shadows that rule, not just in America, but other countries as well," Icke said.

Icke worked as a sports broadcaster for the BBC in the 1980s and was at one time a prominent figure in the UK Green party.

Later, he became more known for his often bizarre sounding theories that many of the most important people in history were members of a reptilian race who had come from outer space - and that much of what humans perceive as reality is just a hologram broadcast to earth by these same reptiles.

His numerous books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. He has also been accused of antisemitism for endorsing the notorious literary forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", as well as for questioning some aspects of the Holocaust.

The web page DavidIckeSerbia.com, which promotes Icke’s Serbian visit, calls Icke a "writer and researcher who spent 25 years uncovering the networks of power that rule the world".

"Even the most persistent sceptics, who shook their heads at the thought of a power or a group of people secretly running the world, in time started to admit that David Icke was right," the introduction on the website reads.

Conspiracy theories are music to the ears of Serbian tabloids who have long thrived on claims that foreign powers are working in mysterious combinations against the Serbian government and people.

Serbia's Prime Minister and president-elect, Aleksandar Vucic, has launched his own theory that the current protests against him are run from the same centre as recent protests in Brazil and Russia, because they all use the same symbol of a yellow rubber duck.

"I do not believe in coincidences. Do not expect me to believe that different people came up with the same symbol in Belgrade, Brazil and Moscow," Vucic said during a visit to Russia in March.

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