What will happen to the protests after gatherings of more than 10 people are banned?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić announced a new anti-COVID measure for Belgrade in the form of a “complete ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people, both indoors and outdoors”; the question now is what will be the position of state bodies in the coming days, primarily Police and Prosecutor’s Office, towards the protesters.

“We have banned public gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and outdoors. The measures will be time-limited. As soon as conditions are met, we will abolish the measures,” Brnabić said yesterday.

It is not yet known when exactly this measure will enter into force, although it will probably be decided today, i.e. after the government meets today. 

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So far, the ongoing protests in Belgrade have not been officially announced or de facto authorised, but this new measure may lead to a different treatment of the Police and Prosecutor’s Office towards the group protests that have been taking place in the last two days.

In the first two days of protests, the Police showed moderation towards the violent part of the protesters, although cases of abuse of force were recorded in many amateur and television recordings.

Also last night, Zoran Lutovac, president of the Democratic Party, expressed “support for civil protests” on Twitter with a clear message: “See you tonight at 19:00”.

(Blic, 09.07.2020)


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