The riots in the Serbian capital continue until midweek. The police again use tear gas against the demonstrators; Clashes again in Belgrade .
Resentment about the government’s corona crisis management is growing and unloading on the streets.
On the second day in a row, peaceful demonstrations against the government’s corona crisis management turned violent in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. The police used tear gas again on Wednesday evening against protest participants, who in turn threw stones and fireworks at the officers. Earlier, President Aleksandar Vucic had promised to waive an announced curfew due to the rapidly increasing number of corona infections.
In Belgrade there will “definitely” be more severe corona restrictions than last, Vucic stressed on Wednesday afternoon. His government’s crisis team, however, “appears to believe that there should be no curfew,” he added. The final decision will be made on Thursday. On Tuesday, the president announced a four-day curfew that would last from Friday to Monday.
As on Tuesday, the demonstrators asked Vucic to resign. Critics accuse the president of loosening the corona restrictions too quickly, favouring the second wave of infections just to hold parliamentary elections on June 21.
“The government has only its own interests in mind,” said 53-year-old protester Jelina Jankovic. Her colleague Danijela Ognjenovic said that people were fed up with “tweaked” Corona statistics. “People are very angry,” she added.
At least 60 people, including 43 police officers, had been injured in Tuesday’s demonstrations, police said. Twenty people were arrested, according to the information.
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