Thousands protest election results in Serbia
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 14:43
Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vucic will begin the task of picking a new prime minister to replace him as protests against his consolidation of power spread across the country and into Austria.
The protesters, majority young, have gathered on the streets in response to calls on social media.
Protesters march during a protest against Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The government has deemed these protests illegal and politically motivated by Vucic's opposition, but protesters tell a very different story.
Likewise, they have concentrated again in front of the parliament and walked across the avenue in front of the Schools of Law and of other technical specialties to summon the students to team up with, and when passing by the RTS headquarters they stopped blowing their whistles and drumming to observe a minuteÂ´s silence by the death of two fighter pilots crashed this morning.
"I am here because I think that there is no democracy in this country any longer", protester Mihajlo Saranovic said at the Belgrade rally.
"I think that now we will have a kind of superpresidentialism in Serbia, because Vuvic as prime minister often went beyond his responsibilities, even if he was de jure the most important political figure." said analyst Boban Stojanovic. FoxNews reports that the opposition alleges significant issues with Sunday's vote, including curtailed media access during the campaign, voter intimidation at voting sites, and bribes on election day.
Protesters said they view Vucic as an autocrat, adding his Serbian Progressive Party is corrupt and instrumental in what they believe was a fraudulent election.
Vucic, however, had a laissez-faire approach to the protests.
"It is fine as long as it is peaceful", Vucic said.
Chanting slogans against Vucic, the protesters held banners with phrases such as "Stop the government terror". Worldwide outlets continue to monitor the situation.