Another opposition protest is taking place in the center of Belgrade. As Izvestia correspondent Stanislav Grigoriev, who was on the spot, said on December 25, the actions follow the same pattern, but each time some new element is added to them.
This time, the protesters, in addition to chants, whistles and megaphones, use vuvuzela trumpets to provide additional noise. Some beat drums and also wave Serbian flags.
The protest in the capital of the country began at the monument to Nicholas II, after which the protesters moved to the center of Belgrade.
“As very often happens at such events, the crowd suddenly took off and walked off into the distance, first along one street, then along the second, made a sharp turn and came to the very center of the city. There will be something else, but what exactly is still unclear. The number of march participants is growing,” the journalist said.
Earlier on December 25, an Izvestia correspondent reported that Serbian students who disagreed with the results of the parliamentary elections in the country blocked Kneze Miloša Street in the center of Belgrade. The footage showed local youth sitting on the roadway; someone was playing ball in the middle of the road. They used whistles to attract attention.
The riots in front of the Belgrade administration are taking place for the second day. Protesters who disagreed with the results of the parliamentary elections held on December 17, on Sunday, December 24, surrounded the administration building, climbed the steps and tried to break down the doors. The acting mayor of the city, Alexander Shapich, called the protests Maidanization.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that there will be no violent change of power in the state. He emphasized that power in the country changes through elections, this is a democratic state and it will remain so. At the same time, the Serbian leader announced the detention of more than 35 protesters in Belgrade, and eight police officers were seriously injured during the protests. 38 people were brought to justice.
Following the results of the parliamentary elections, Vucic announced on December 18 that the ruling Serbian Progressive Party coalition had received an absolute majority in parliament – it gained more than 47% of the votes. After this, in Belgrade, protesters blocked the central streets and accused the authorities of fraud. The protests were organized by pro-Western parties that have been in opposition for many years.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the situation to Izvestia, pointed out the attempts of the collective West to shake up the situation in the country using the techniques of “Maidan coups.” She called adherence to the country’s constitution, as well as respect for the choice of the Serbian people, the only possible reaction in this situation.