Corona frustration in Serbia turns into violence, many citizens share responsibility for the government and its lurching course. A demonstration against new curfews and President Vucic escalates in Belgrade.
There have been riots in protests against a planned new Corona curfew in Serbia. Demonstrators threw stones at police officers and fired flares in Belgrade on Tuesday evening, as television pictures showed. Forces deployed tear gas after a group of around 100 violent demonstrators briefly entered the parliament building. Several thousand people had protested outside the building against the announcement of new curfews due to the corona pandemic. Mounted police were also involved in breaking up the crowd. According to the emergency services, 13 police officers and seven demonstrators were injured.
Shortly before, President Aleksandar Vucic announced the new curfew, which is due to run from Friday to Monday. Thousands of people demonstrated in the centre of the capital against the measure. The demonstrators called on Vucic to resign in chants. The President’s Party had clearly won parliamentary elections on June 21. Before the elections, the corona restrictions had largely been lifted, sporting events with thousands of spectators were taking place.
However, the number of new deaths from coronavirus infections in the Balkans has recently reached a record high. Shortly before the curfew was announced, 13 deaths were recorded within 24 hours – more than ever since the spread of the virus in Serbia.
Corona infection was first detected in Serbia on March 6. Since then, more than 16,700 infections and 330 deaths have been counted in the Balkans. The government had already imposed strict exit restrictions nationwide in March. However, these were lifted in June. Critics reproach that this happened not least in view of the upcoming parliamentary election.
You might also be in interested: