In the Serbian capital of Belgrade have demonstrated again on Saturday, thousands of people against the head of state, Aleksander Vučić. Despite the freezing cold, the demonstrators protested for the tenth weekend in a row against the President, whom they accuse of an authoritarian style of government.
In about 40 other Serbian cities, including Nis and Novi Sad, was also demonstrated, as Serbian media reported. The protesters demanded, among other things, the resignation of the leadership of the state broadcaster RTS. Behind the protest movement is a broad Alliance, from the left to the far right.
Under the slogan "One in five million" and demanded a free media and fair conditions for elections. The slogan of the protests is derived from a statement of the President, that he would not respond to the demand of the protesters even if this would be required of five million citizens. Serbia has seven million inhabitants.
The first Demonstration against Vučić had on 8. December place. At that time, civil society organisations, as well as the Alliance of Serbia, had called for a coalition of a dozen opposition parties of various political orientation. You throw Vučić pressure on dissenters, and violence against opposition politicians, unfair election conditions, the lack of separation of powers and the lack of freedom of the press.
Vucic, who changed from ultra-nationalists to the Pro-Europeans, rejects the allegations. He has this week launched a campaign entitled "Serbia's future", with which he wants to point out in the whole country for his political achievements. To this end, he toured southern Serbian cities and villages. There, he met employees of companies and public institutions. Observers suspect, Vučić prepare to hold early elections.
The President has already said several times that he might prefer in the spring as a "concession" to the protesters which is actually only in the year 2020, the upcoming election. According to polls, would emerge as the winner of the ballot. His party, the SNS dominates the political stage. The Opposition is fragmented. She threatened this week with a Boycott of the elections, should not Vučić received on their demands for free and fair elections.