Social unrest shook Belgrade and other cities in Serbia this week in response to the reintroduction of government curfew by President Alexander Vučić growing cases of coronavirus,
Serbian police used tear gas and wore protective equipment from head to toe, as demonstrators, mostly young people, attacked the police on Tuesday and Wednesday. New York Times said The riots were among the first in Europe after the outbreak of the pandemic, which also indicated that the severity of the riots was the worst since the reign of Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s.
Young Serbs quickly took to the streets on Tuesday after Vučić announced that Belgrade would be placed under a new order restricting movement in the region for three days to mitigate the spread of the second wave of coronavirus. Many were furious at re-locking after leaving some of the most stringent in Europe to allow last week’s general election.
“We don’t mind staying home for another three days – that’s not a problem,” said Dragana Grnarski, 45, who protested this week.
“However, they play with our minds and the truth.” Grncarski added. “When they are satisfied with the elections, there are no crowns. They organized football and tennis matches, and because of this, we have a situation where hospitals are crowded. ”
“Citizens were constantly deceived and deceived for political purposes” said Tena Prelec, a political expert on Southeast Europe at Oxford University.
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Elena Vasilievich, expert on rioting in the Balkans at the University of Belgrade, said the expiration of locks for election purposes, and then the re-introduction of locks, led the population “from one extreme to another.”
Vasilyevich said that “excessive use of force” by the government to combat riots has not been observed since the time of “Milosevic in 1996 or 1997”. Milosevic led Serbia through the Balkan Wars, and then was charged with war crimes.
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Minister of Defense of Serbia Alexandar Wulin was convinced A demonstration against the re-enactment of bans in Belgrade and other cities was “carefully planned” and aimed at inciting a civil war.
“We have terrible violence in the streets, we have an attempted coup, we have an attempt to seize power by force and an attempt to provoke a civil war in Serbia, It cannot be described and explained otherwise. There is no reason, no reason to set fire to the Assembly, set fire to the city hall in Novi Sad, attack the police, beat people in the streets, endanger life and endanger the property of citizens of Serbia. ”, said Vulin, a guest of the Novo Jutro show on TV Pink, who was asked to comment on the events of the previous two evenings.
Russian Times caught some riots in the video earlier this week. Young Serbs can be seen in clashes with riot police in front of government buildings.
“There were signs of foreign participation, and some criminal individuals were there too.” Vučić said Wednesday afternoon. He added that due to the riots, cases of virus infection are likely to flare up.
“I wonder who will be responsible for the fact that hundreds and thousands of people became infected yesterday and the day before?” he said
Vučić also canceled curfews after several days of rioting – instead, the government is expected to impose restrictions on public places and possibly limit working hours. They also say fines for not wearing masks.
When it comes to external forces interfering in Serbian internal affairs, Russia came out on Thursday, denying that it had any part.