Thousands of people came to the streets of Belgrade, the Serbian capital, and other cities of the country on January 12, opening the sixth week of mass protests against President Alexandar Vucic and the ruling Serbian Progressive Party. This is reported by Reuters.
“Protesters brought together by the Alliance for Serbia, a loose grouping of 30 opposition parties and organizations, chanted “Vucic, thief!”... Protesters in Belgrade have also accused Vucic of preparing a negotiated settlement with Kosovo, a key precondition for Serbia to join EU," as said in a statement.
The rally was held on the eve of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Serbia. Although Vucic claims that the country's goal is to join the EU, he continues to maintain close relations with Russia.
Mass protests in Belgrade began on December 8. The reason was the beating of Serbian oppositionist Borko Stefanovic.
It is noted that the demonstrators consider Vucic an autocrat, and his party a corrupt one.
In an interview with the pro-government Studio B TV during the protest, Vucic said he was ready to discuss the opposition demands.
Vucic earlier suggested he was willing to test his party’s popularity in a snap vote, although Vuk Jeremic, a former foreign minister and the head of the small People’s Party, part of the alliance, said the opposition would boycott any election.