Belgrade, 17 March 2019 (MIA) – Protests against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic were under way in Belgrade on Sunday as thousands formed a live ring around the Presidency building, which was protected by riot police and gendarmes, with Vucic saying he was not afraid as his reputation was spotless and the opposition that he would fall by Easter, Hina reports.
Police were also inside the Presidency. Vucic was protected by his own security and special military police.
Citizens were invited by representatives of the opposition and organisers of the “1 in 5 million” protests to form a live ring around the Presidency to prevent Vucic from leaving. All three entrances to the building were blocked, Beta and Tanjug news agencies said.
People rallied outside the building before a press conference Vucic gave at noon to comment on events from last night, when protesters entered the building of the public broadcaster RTS and opposition leaders and organisers of the “1 in 5 million” protests tried to state their demands on the air.
Vucic said he was not afraid of the protesters and that their target was not RTS but he and his policy to consolidate the country. He said he called the press conference to show citizens that “there must be no fear” of the violence spread by opposition leaders.
Vucic said his “conscience is clear” and “that’s why I’m not afraid of the demonstrators who tried to get into the Presidency.”
Outside the building, demonstrators shouted “Arrest Vucic” and “He’s finished, he’s finished”.
People’s Party president Vuk Jeremic congratulated the demonstrators on rallying outside the Presidency building. Vucic “didn’t think we would gather here, but he was wrong. He’s finished,” he said.
He added that “there’s no more talks with Vucic” and that “the police are with the citizens. “They aren’t protecting him. They are on our side, I promise you that. Bravo for the police,” he said.