Daniel Halliday
Jan 25 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
What is behind the latest protest in Serbia?
Thousands of Serbians gathered in the capital city of Belgrade in Late 2018/Early 2019 to protest President Aleksandar Vucic. But with the role of President being largely ceremonial in Serbia, why are so many unhappy with the Vucic?
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Latest in a series of “anti-dictatorship” protests in Serbia
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Attacks against a legitimate government

These protests have been fairly small acts, perpetrated by a few thousand unhappy citizens in a city of 1.37 million. President Aleksandar Vucic received 55% of the vote and was democratically elected, but faces fierce opposition from the Serbian Left party, of which the leader has been a key speaker at such rallies. In spite of this Vucic “is ready to listen to protesters’ demands and to call snap elections if necessary” [1], even though a few thousand in a city of 1.37 million residents is by no means a majority. These do not seem like fitting words of someone seeking to “consolidate power” [1].

[1] irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/serbian-leader-ready-to-hear-protesters-demands-as-rallies-grow-1.3745055

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Part of a wave of protest movements

These protests are all part of a wider collection of protests against ineffective or corrupt politicians across Europe and around the world. Vucic came to power with tough talking rhetoric vowing to stamp out corruption, but has largely perpetuated it. People are tired of politicians that pay lip service to democracy or improving the living situation of real people but fail to be an effective catalyst for change.

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Latest in a series of “anti-dictatorship” protests in Serbia

This is the latest in a series of demonstrations in Serbia that started on the 3rd April 2017, protesting the leadership of President Aleksandar Vucic. Vucic has been widely accused of controlling Serbian media and literally attacking journalists and opposition politicians, the latest protests followed a severely violent attack against opposition leader of Serbian Left Party Borko Stefanovic who directly accused Vucic of orchestrating the attack. Vucic has been widely accused of using this media control to even undermine the democratic process, sparking the initial protests, as he received ten times more media coverage than any candidate in the last election, all of whom seemed to only be reported on when linked to controversies.

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