Serbia Protests: Belgrade city hall is threatened by anti-government protesters

Serbia Protests Belgrade city hall is threatened by anti-government protesters

Serbia Protests: Belgrade city hall is threatened by anti-government protesters

Tear gas has been used by the police in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, to disperse groups that are protesting what they believe to be fraud in the general election that took place last week.

Following an incident in which members of the crowd outside the city hall attempted to break windows and enter the building by force, they took action. Activists aligned with the opposition claim that the police used excessive force on Sunday.

The elections that were won by the ruling party are said to have been influenced by the government. Aleksandar Vucic, the President of Serbia, has stated that the claims are “rubbish and lies.” In his statement, Radomir Lazovic, the co-leader of the Green-Left Front, claims that officers used truncheons to beat him and a number of other individuals.

Ever since the national and local elections that took place the previous week, there have been peaceful demonstrations every evening. The first day of the week to become violent was Sunday. An attempt was made to break into the municipal hall by individuals who are supporters of the opposition group known as Serbia Against Violence.

Two leaders of the opposition, Srdjan Milivojevic and Vladimir Obradovic, made an attempt to open the door to the building before it was locked. In order to dissuade the protesters, the police issued pepper spray.

The leaders of the opposition believe that operatives working as provocateurs were responsible for the breaking of windows, which led to the participation of the police.

An attorney by the name of Sofija Mandic communicated to people who were gathered that Mr. Vucic ought to “give over authority peacefully.” She continued by saying that the government was “usurping” power.

In order to influence the outcome of the city elections in Belgrade, the demonstrators claim that the administration intentionally brought thousands of people to the city. They are requesting that the election be redone.

As a result of the voting, Mr. Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party was able to establish a majority in parliament and secure its return to power. It has been reported by both domestic and international observers that there are “irregularities.” There are allegations that voting boxes were stuffed with ballots and that votes were purchased.

During an emergency address that he delivered to the nation on Sunday evening, Mr. Vucic attributed the civil disturbance on interference from outside sources. Regarding the individuals who had made the pledge, Mr. Vucic stated that those who vowed to combat violence merely reaffirmed their true nature as criminals.

In an effort to seize control of Belgrade, the opposition had intended to deny the ruling party a majority. Official results, however, which opposition figures immediately denounced as fraudulent, demonstrated that neither objective had been met. It has incited daily demonstrations as a reaction. Hunger strikes have been initiated by seven opposition figures.

Marinika Tepic, one of the hunger strikers, remarked at the demonstration on Sunday, “Vucic stole thousands of ballots.” Approximately 30 out of 8,000 polling stations in the United States will have the election re-examined, the electoral commission announced on Wednesday. In reference to a nation aspiring to join the European Union, Germany deemed allegations of electoral malpractice “appalling.”