In the night on the 16 of March, after 15 very peacefull protests, that have been held in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, and more than 100 days on the streets all over the country (in more than 100 cities in the country), protesters demonstrating against the autocratic rule of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, entered peacefully into state-run TV headquarters in Belgrade to criticize a broadcaster whose reporting consider highly biased. After the leaders of opposition have asked few minutes on the national television to speak about the protests and share their requests on the national TV.
Special police forces arrived at the scene in the Serbian capital and were trying to take demonstrants out by force and beating, including some opposition leaders, who had entered the downtown building. All media belonging to the progressive party were reporting lies and building invented stories of the event, in order to save their image of a savers of the country, witch they have thought up.
Latter today at noon demonstrants have geatherered in front of the Presidum building at the time President of Serbia was having extraordinary press conference, where we continued to trow lies and populist ideas. Protestants did not want to leave the surrounding of the building until presidents goes out and speaks to citizens, with he did not do. After aresst of many people, and tooking them to jail without judgement protestents are now heading to the main police office in Belgrade.
Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic warned the protesters to leave the building or be removed as police would “protect all Serbian TV journalists, he warned that patience of police will not last forever.
This was the first major incident after months of peaceful protests against populist leader Vucic. The demonstrators are demanding his resignation, free elections and media, and more democracy.
Thousands of people rallied in Serbia’s capital for 15th week in a row against populist President Aleksandar Vucic and his government. The protests began after thugs beat up an opposition politician in November. Political instability in Serbia lasts for more than 7 years, since when the ex-nationalist Aleksandra Vucic formed the government. His government is colored by pressure, false media covering, populistic statements and persecution off all who have different opinion. Journalists are under pressure to inform what they have been said, the ones who are criticizing the current situation were or fired, or their TV shows were abandoned,some of them had burned houses and life thretens (examples Olja Bećković, Ivan Ivanović, Draža Petrović, all very famous journalists whose shows were cancelled due to criticism, and many more similar examples). Election process is endangered, by stealing of votes, and punching and persecution of all the ones who were not working for the leading Serbian Progressive Party. Hundreds of thousands of people leave Serbia every year due to the repressive regime and difficult conditions of living.
We condemn any usage of force by police on the protestants, we urge for the fair and decent election conditions, without pressure, we are asking for the media and freedom of speech. We highly condemn arrest of political opponents, members of political parties, organizers of the protest and students in the streets of Belgrade
We ask for the international support in this very sensitive topic, where country in the middle of the European soil is autocrative and with violation of basic human rights.