Protesting Against The Quarantine Measures Tried To Storm The Serbian Parliament
In Belgrade, thousands of people tried to storm the Serbian Parliament building on the night of July 8, protesting against plans to impose a curfew due to the coronavirus, AP reports. The protests were accompanied by clashes with police, with police using tear gas and, in some cases, batons.
Several protesters managed to briefly break into the Parliament, but they were forced out by riot police.
Opponents of the return of quarantine measures threw stones, bottles, and eggs at the police and shouted: "resign!" According to AP, supporters of far-right movements participated in scuffles with police.
Another group of protesters came to the building of state television, which the opposition accuses of a Pro-government position. There were also clashes with police.
Several police cars were set on fire in the city.
Serbian police chief Vladimir Rebic said on TV that several police officers were injured. He also said that there are detainees. According to him, in several other cities of the country, less large-scale actions were held. Rebic called on his fellow citizens to help the authorities reduce the tension.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic condemned the "vandalism of politicians" who are behind this "outbreak of violence," organized at the Parliament at a time when the state and the health system are under the most serious epidemiological pressure since the beginning of the pandemic.
On July 7, President Aleksandar Vucic said that there was a critical and alarming situation in Belgrade for the coronavirus, and hospitals were close to full capacity. He announced that he would impose a curfew in the capital from 18:00 on Friday to Monday morning and banned groups of more than five people from gathering.
According to the Serbian Ministry of health on Tuesday, 299 new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the country over the previous day, and 13 infected people died. A total of 16,719 cases of COVID-19 with 330 fatalities have been confirmed in Serbia.