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Serbia: Sixth round of anti-government protests in Belgrade

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Belgrade for the sixth consecutive week on Saturday to protest against the government of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Protesters holding banners and signs with anti-Vucic slogans, blew whistles and shouted that the president was a “thief,” as they marched through the Serbian capital.

A section of the protest held a banner reading ‘One of the five million,’ referring to Vucic’s statement that he would not meet protesters’ demands, even if five million people showed up on the streets.

The demonstrations began on November 23, after opposition politician Borko Stefanovic was attacked and beaten in the southern city of Krusevac. Police arrested three suspects, but they were later released on December 25.

The incident spurred opposition and civic organisations into action, who called for protests against threats to democracy and the oppression of different voices in parliament and everyday life.

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