Protesters gathered across several Serbian cities on Tuesday to rally against the country’s government and the election of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as the next president.
Initial rallies were held on Monday, when crowds gathered near the Serbian parliament building in the capital a day after the country’s presidential election. Social media organizers and opposition claimed there were voting irregularities and rigging, while crowds chanted calling Vucic a “thief.” Crowds continued to gather, assembling near the Parliament, the Republican Election Commission and the Radio Television of Serbia.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Subotica and several other major cities, shown by live feeds on the organizers’ Facebook page, called “protest against dictatorship.”
The organizers have not stated any political affiliation and have not revealed their political program.
The protesters gathered at 18:00 (17:00 GMT) and proceeded to march along central avenues with no one resorting to violence as police looked on.
Featured banners read “I am out on the streets today to not live there tomorrow,” while others alluded to former President Slobodan Milosevic, who presided over the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. Protesters chanted slogans and insults against Vucic, who decidedly won Sunday’s election with over 55 percent support.
“We are a democratic country and everyone has the right to be pleased or unhappy with the election results. Imagine if I rallied my supporters in the streets to celebrate victory,” Vucic said on national television while commenting on the protests.
He stressed that the protests do not pose a problem as long as they proceed peacefully.
The organizers are seeking to continue protests on Wednesday and are calling on those planning to take part to remain peaceful and avoid possible provocations.