“Free news bulletin” read out at eleventh protest over election irregularities

FoNet/Marko Dragoslavić

The Serbian citizens and opposition assembled around the Serbia Against Violence (SPN) coalition held on Thursday evening in Belgrade the eleventh protest over alleged election fraud and irregularities in the December 17 parliamentary and local elections.

The protesters gathered outside the Republic Election Commission (RIK) offices following which they marched to the Serbian state TV (RTS) building, where they read out a “free news bulletin.” The crowd got to hear the CRTA observation mission’s report on the December 17 elections stating that irregularities were recorded before and on election day.

Commenting on the accusations that it failed to report on the protests outside the RIK, the Serbian state TV (RTS) said that it is regularly covering all protests held outside the RIK, both on television and on its portal.

Miroslav Aleksic of the Serbia Against Violence election ticket thanked Party of Freedom and Justice deputy leader and MP Marinika Tepic for her sacrifice for freedom. Tepic has been on a hunger strike since December 18 over election irregularities and the institutions’ failure to react to the opposition’s claims and demands for election annulment, and has been joined by several other opposition MPs.

A new protest was announced for 6 pm Friday, outside the RIK offices in Belgrade. Green-Left Front MP Jelena Jerinic said the protests will continue over the holidays.

“I believe people have the will to keep fighting despite the fact that holidays are ahead of us,” said Jerinic.

A protest over election irregularities was also held on Thursday in the city of Zrenjanin.