Second night of violent protests in Serbia

Around 8 p.m., violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces began again in Belgrade as well as in Novi Sad, Niš and Kragujevac.

At 11 p.m., the hardest clashes took place in the Kralja Aleksandra Boulevard and Resavska Street. The protesters are dispersing and regrouping according to the actions of the police, who are frequently using tear gas bombs.

In Belgrade, the protesters first gathered in front of the building that houses state-run Radio and Television of Serbia, in Takovska Street, setting fire to dumpsters and cars. Previously in the clashes between police and demonstrators, Bosko Obradovic, leader of the far-right movement Dveri, and the leader of the Free Citizens’ Movement, Sergej Trifunovic were injured. There were also fights between the demonstrators themselves.

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At 11 p.m., Serbian Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic gave a public address, saying that the police forces have dozens of injured officers and that they are intervening only when their safety is jeopardized,  adding that the protests have nothing to do with the intolerance towards the announced restrictive sanitary measures, but with political relations in the country. Stefanovic alluded to the presence of foreign agents in the ranks of the demonstrators.

The Republic Square and Knez Mihajlova Street are completely deserted and garrisoned at various corners by police cordons.

In Novi Sad, at 9.45 p.m., the police forces intervened by clearing the protesters from the main square, while making several arrests after the protesters had started throwing stones at the Town Hall building and destroyed a headquarters of President Vucic’s the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).

In Kragujevac, more than 1,000 protesters gathered in front of the Town Hall and when it got dark, about 30 protesters started throwing stones at the police. Many other protesters threw eggs at the Town Hall, chanting slogans against President Vucic and his regime.

The SNS headquarters in Niš was attacked by protestors too.

(N1, 08.07.2020)

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