Protest by street vendors opposed to electronic taxation on Wednesday morning; blockades in Belgrade planned

The announced protest of the street and outdoor market vendors, who are protesting against the introduction of electronic taxation in outdoor markets, will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 April) at 9 a.m. with streets in the centre of Belgrade blocked.

As Mirceta Golocevac, a representative of the Opstanak  Association, which is organising the march, told the website, the protest will begin in front of the Ušće shopping centre.

“Street and outdoor market vendors from all over Serbia will gather tomorrow, Wednesday, in front of Ušće. From there, around 9 a.m., we will cross the Brankov bridge to Zeleni Venac, and then through the Terazije tunnel on Makedonska Street to the RTS building. We will stay there for a while, because we want to draw the attention of the public broadcaster to nobody reacting to our pleas. RTS did not report on our rallies and it seems that they are not interested in our rights at all,” said Golocevac.

“From the RTS building, we will head towards the Serbian Presidency building. Then we will cross Kneza Miloša Street and go down to Nemanjina Street. From Nemanjina, we will go directly to Slavija, where we will remain until our demands are met,” Golocevac added.

To remind, according to the new Taxation Law, which came into force on 1 January 2022, street and outdoor market vendors will have to have cash registers on their stands, by 1st May 2022, at the latest, and issue shoppers with cash register receipts for each purchase.

The absolute majority of vendors are opposed to taxation, which is why the protest was organised and an urgent request to resolve this problem was handed over to the Serbian government. The government has forwarded this request to the Ministry of Finance, but the problem has not yet been solved.

The vendors have also announced another protest for Friday, 15th April, and if their demands are not met by then they will radicalise their protests and block roads all over the country.

(Nova, 12.04.2022)


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