Protest ends with messages to Serbian president


A crowd said to be the largest since the Serbia Against Violence protests began five weeks ago marched through central Belgrade on Saturday symbolically forming a ring around the Serbian Presidency building where people left messages for President Aleksandar Vucic.

The protest started with speeches by two prominent actors reacting to accusations against them from senior ruling party officials and two talks show hosts who are known for their fierce criticism of the regime.

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Protesters released red-white-blue balloons with a picture of President Aleksandar Vucic and the words Vucic Go Away attached to them into the sky.

The crowd marched down several central streets and a main intersection near the government building to pass by the presidency building which was guarded by men in plain clothes.

Protest participants who talked to N1 reporters said that they think change is coming and adding that the authorities can’t just ignore the protests.

The crowd lit the lamps on their mobile phones in a gesture that they want to turn on the light in Serbia. The protest ended with people leaving written messages for the president, some of them offensive and demeaning others with messages of tolerance as well as demands for his resignation.

A large group of mainly young people stood in front of the main entrance to the presidency building chanting Go Away, Go Away. They carried banners with slogans demanding change and Vucic’s resignation and, among others, the words Tito Said the Students Were Right in an allusion to the 1968 student protests against corruption and privileges in Yugoslavia when then President Josip Broz Tito took their side.

The column of protesters marched down the route to form the ring around the presidency building for more than an hour.