1in5 million protests continue in Belgrade

Another 1in5million protest was held in Belgrade on Saturday, which ended in protestors blocking the entrance to the building that houses state broadcaster Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS).

At the beginning of the protest, publicist Vladimir Dimitrijevic addressed the protestors gathered in front of the Faculty of Philosophy and said that citizens’ protests must be in defence of the rule of law that was eliminated by the Vucic regime.

“In a country where everything is being accomplished through outright violence – from Belgrade Waterfront development to burning homes of the regime’s critics – we must not forget that the only medicine for this is the rule of law,” Dimitrijevic said.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the demonstrations held on 9th March 1991, he said that, at that time, protestors also wanted media freedom.

“We are living in Vucic’s jungle with a clown that has no sense of humour,” said Dimitrijevic.

He added that protestors want the signatories of the Agreement with the People to “show seriousness and responsibility”.

Lecic: There is no freedom without us

The protestors then started walking down the Uzun Mirkova and Kolarčeva streets, in the direction of Terazije, where they were met by actor Branislav Lecic who, in his speech, invited all people in Serbia to go on a massive solidarity walk.

Lecic spoke at the Terazije fountain, in the same place where he had been demonstrating 28 years ago.

“No one will win over freedom for us. The Russians, Americans, or Brussels will not give us freedom. We need to do that”, Lecic added.

Lecic also pointed out that the citizens of Serbia had the power and that the state and all of its institutions existed because of them.

The protestors then proceeded towards the building of Radio and Television of Serbia, demanding more media freedom in the country.

The crowd booed and jeered for one hour outside the TV building in central Belgrade to express their discontent with what they say is the station’s biased reporting.

During the protests in Novi Sad, the Democratic Party MP Aleksandra Jerkov spoke to the crowd, denying the accusation that a separatist movement existed in Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina.

Milan Jovanovic, a journalist, whose house was set ablaze after years of investigating about the wrong-doings of the local administration in Belgrade’s suburb of Grocka, also addressed people in Novi Sad.

The man who is accused of instigating the attack is the head of the municipality and high-ranking official of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (NS) led by President Aleksandar Vucic. Dragoljub Simonovic was arrested but earlier on Friday, was released from custody. Jovanovic said he was afraid for his life again.

In the Western town of Uzice people listened to one of the founders of the Alliance for Serbia (SzS) and former Mayor of Belgrade Dragan Djilas, in the southern city of Nis an MP Djordje Vukadinovic addressed the crowd, while in the central town of Krusevac one of the speakers was the deputy leader of the Popular Party, Nikola Jovanovic.

In other places, also for the first time since the protests started in Belgrade on December 8th and then spread across the country, the Democratic Party (DS) leader Zoran Lutovac spoke to the demonstrators.

The protests were also held in Kragujevac, Novi Pazar, Brus, Smederevska Palanka, Backa Palanka, Batocina and 20 other towns in Serbia.

(Danas, 09.03.2019)



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