By DARKO VOJINOVIC
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Boisterous New Year’s Eve celebrations have kicked off in Serbia’s capital of Belgrade, where mass gatherings have been allowed despite fears of the fast-spreading omicron variant. Large crowds gathered in city on Friday night for outdoor concerts, fireworks and a light show at a newly-constructed Dubai-style glass tower that has become a trademark project by Serbia’s right-wing populist government. Serbian officials have ignored warnings by medical experts, who say large celebrations should be scrapped for now. That has made Belgrade a magnet for mostly young party-goers in neighboring Balkan states. One medical expert predicted that Serbia will see thousands of new COVID-19 infections after the holidays.