Fourth night of anti-regime protests in Serbia; man stabbed in leg in Belgrade

Fourth night of anti-regime protests in Serbia; man stabbed in leg in Belgrade

Fourth night of anti-regime protests in Serbia; man stabbed in leg in Belgrade Izvor: TANJUG/Zoran Žestić

Despite the Government ban on outdoor gatherings of more than ten people, crowds rallied in Belgrade and the northern city of Novi Sad for the fourth night in a row of the anti-regime protest, and some demonstrators were trying to forcibly enter the Parliament building in the capital while the police did not react, N1 reported.

N1 reporter and cameraman were attacked while filming those who were provoking incidents.

“Four demonstrators approach us trying to chase us away and hit the mike. They didn’t touch us, and we both are all right,” Petar Gajic said.

On Friday, some demonstrators crushed the metal fence around the Parliament building, and some 100 of young people were on the stairs leading to the Parliament, unlike the Thursday’s protest when a majority of demonstrators in several cities and towns across Serbia opted for a sit-in revolt against what they said was an authoritarian rule by President Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and lies about the number of dead and infected with the coronavirus.

Media said that some members of the banned organisation 'Obrax' (Cheek) joined the protest and addressed the crowd.

Pro-democracy demonstrators moved further from the scene but did not leave the protest.

The far-righties yelled slogans against Vucic and sang songs about Kosovo, threw bottles against the building’s window, but then left the stairs, while the police rushed to the scene, but did not intervene despite being peppered with stones, firecrackers and everything they had.

An N1 reporter said the anti-riot police force was small to take any action and protect themselves with shields. The most aggressive protestants yelled at police "Go to Kosovo" and  "Arrest Vucic."

Some other demonstrators tried to calm the most aggressive ones but failed to do that. Eventually, the situation slightly calmed down, while some of the far-rightists called on the police officers to put down helmets and shields and "be with the people."

An opposition leader told N1 reporter earlier that a man was stubbed in a thigh outside the Parliament building and taken away after people tried to stop the bleeding.

He was taken inside the building.

“I haven’t seen what happened but saw when people tried to stop the bleeding from that man’s leg. He was stabbed twice,” Srdjan Nogo, the leader of the rightist ‘Svetlost’ (Light) political organisation.

An N1 reporter said she saw at least three people arrested and taken into a police van.

The opposition Alliance for Serbia (SzS) said earlier in the day they got information from the police that the far-rightists were ready to provoke new riots.

In Novi Sad, people went for a protest walk. The demonstrations were also held in several other places across the country.  

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