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05 Jan 2019 | 04:19 AM UTC

Serbia: Protest planned in Belgrade January 5 /update 3

Serbia News Alert

Protesters plan anti-government demonstration in Belgrade city center on January 5; localized disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Belgrade). COUNTRY/REGION Belgrade

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Event

Protesters are planning to hold an anti-government demonstration in Belgrade on Saturday, January 5, according to the US Embassy. An estimated 6000 people are expected to participate in the demonstration, which will take place in the city center from 18:00 to 20:00 (local time). The event is anticipated to be peaceful, though a heightened security presence and localized transportation and business disruptions are possible. Further protests are possible on Saturdays in the coming weeks.

Context

Demonstrators in Serbia have been holding weekly protests on Saturdays since December 7 to denounce government corruption and call for the resignation of President Aleksander Vucic. The protests began following the assault of opposition leader Borko Stefanovic by suspected government forces or supporters. Government prosecutors dropped charges and released the men accused of the assault on December 24.

Advice

Individuals in Serbia are advised to monitor the situation, avoid public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate localized transportation and business disruptions.

 

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