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Serbia: Tear gas flies at anti-govt. protest outside National Assembly03:51

Serbia: Tear gas flies at anti-govt. protest outside National Assembly

Serbia, Belgrade
July 9, 2020 at 03:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police in Belgrade for the second night in a row on Wednesday during anti-government protests sparked by coronavirus measures.

Protesters began gathering in front of the National Assembly where some threw projectiles at riot police who replied with tear gas.

Demonstrators were heard chanting slogans against President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, setting garbage bins on fire.

Several protesters and police officers were injured in clashes, with some of the demonstrators arrested.

An announcement made earlier this week by Vucic about implementing a curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus triggered mass protests in the Serbian capital with Vucic deciding to back down on his decision.

Critics of the new lockdown have accused the government, which lifted most restrictions two weeks ago, prior to the parliamentary elections on June 21, of misleading the public about the scale of the outbreak.

Vucic himself has described the anti-government protesters as "criminal hooligans" and blamed possible "foreign meddling” for the unrest.

Serbia: Tear gas flies at anti-govt. protest outside National Assembly03:51
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Thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police in Belgrade for the second night in a row on Wednesday during anti-government protests sparked by coronavirus measures.

Protesters began gathering in front of the National Assembly where some threw projectiles at riot police who replied with tear gas.

Demonstrators were heard chanting slogans against President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, setting garbage bins on fire.

Several protesters and police officers were injured in clashes, with some of the demonstrators arrested.

An announcement made earlier this week by Vucic about implementing a curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus triggered mass protests in the Serbian capital with Vucic deciding to back down on his decision.

Critics of the new lockdown have accused the government, which lifted most restrictions two weeks ago, prior to the parliamentary elections on June 21, of misleading the public about the scale of the outbreak.

Vucic himself has described the anti-government protesters as "criminal hooligans" and blamed possible "foreign meddling” for the unrest.

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