The #1in5 million protesters, who gathered in Belgrade for regular Saturday’s evening rally to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government protests, stopped outside the National Parliament and clashed with people in civilian clothes who identified themselves as the police.
The 53rd rally started at the main city’s square where speakers addressed the crowd.
After that, the demonstrators marched through the city and, led by Bosko Obradovic, an opposition leader and head of the Dveri Movement, stopped outside the Parliament building, where they wanted to symbolically check if the institution was working.
They were prevented from doing that by a group of apparently plainclothes policemen.
There were some jostle and minor physical contacts. Some of the protesters carried banners reading ‘Serbia,’ ‘Uprising’ and “Arrest Vucic.’
Protesters filled in the entire space around the Parliament’s entry and chanted at those guarding the entrance whether they were protecting the Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic, a member of Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
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Soon after that, people left the area around the building.
For the first time in a year, the1in5 million movement hasn’t informed the police about the rally in advance in a protest over the lack of any further institutional reactions after one of their member were attacked and choked by a man the police arrested last Saturday.
The traffic around the central city’s square where the protest started stopped and that no uniform or traffic police were seen. However, the presence of plainclothes officers was visible, the reporter noted.
The protest organizers said that what happened in front of the National Parliament was just a warning.
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