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Novak Djokovic a victim of 'corona fascism', says father on star's treatment in Australia

Novak Djokovic was detained on arrival in Australia earlier this week -- his visa was revoked for failing to meet Australia's tough pandemic entry restrictions.

January 07, 2022 / 09:56 AM IST
Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan Djokovic said his son was the victim of a

Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan Djokovic said his son was the victim of a "political witch hunt" and "corona fascism" and should be freed.

Novak Djokovic's family and fans have railed against the superstar's shock detention in Australia, which left the world tennis number one spending Orthodox Christmas Day on Friday in a Melbourne immigration detention facility.

In a series of fiery remarks, Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan Djokovic told a crowd in Belgrade that his son was the victim of a "political witch hunt" and "corona fascism" and should be freed.

Fans chanted "free Novak" outside Melbourne's Park Hotel which now serves as a detention centre. Draped in flags and defying the rain, protesters played nationalistic Serbian songs. Some held anti-vaccine placards, while others rallied in support of refugees.

The vaccine-sceptic tennis ace was detained on arrival in Australia earlier this week -- his visa was revoked for failing to meet Australia's tough pandemic entry restrictions.