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BELGRADE (Sputnik) – Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin, Belgrade’s Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic and members of the ruling Serbian Progressive Celebration (SNS) are beginning a hunger strike on Friday due to aggressive actions of the opposition, Vesic announced on Thursday.

“I do not see any other way for us to resist hooliganism of part of the opposition in a civilized and affordable way, who oppose improvement performs in the center of Belgrade, destroy citizens’ home and expel investors from our city, except for beginning a hunger strike in the city administration”, Vesic stated on Facebook.

The assistance for the hunger strike has currently been announced by the chairman of the servicemen union Novica Antic and his colleagues.

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“Absolutely everyone has their personal way. Violence in Serbia escalated, and it was completely and unambiguously provoked by part of the opposition”, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated.

The leadership of the SNS led by President Aleksandar Vucic, in particular Vulin and Vesich are consistently criticized and ridiculed by the opposition. Vulin is mocked for having served in the army for only 15 days at a reservist education in March this year, and Vesic for corruption scandals that became component of Belgrade political folklore, for example, with a Christmas tree worth 83,000 euros ($93,400).

Final Saturday, participants of mass protests in Belgrade dismantled building fences in the city centre and encircled the city assembly with them. They are now gathering a enormous, nationwide opposition rally in the capital of Serbia for Saturday. According to the deputy mayor, the demonstrators want “chaos and blood on the streets”.

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Protest actions in Serbia have been held weekly since early December final year after the attack on the leader of the opposition Serbian Left (Levica Srbije), Borko Stefanovic, and his two associates in the city of Krusevac on 23 November. The Interior Ministry then stated that the suspects had been detained, but the opposition accused the authorities of allowing political violence.

The slogan of the protesters was “One particular out of 5 million”, which appeared after a comment by Vucic, who stated that he would not meet the demands of the demonstrators, “even if there are 5 million of them”.

Demonstrators demand that these accountable for the assassination of Serbian politician Oliver Ivanovic in January 2018 in Kosovo be located, the dismissal of Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, and the modify of the leadership of the national broadcaster RTS. In addition, protesters demand the resignation of the president and the government. The demonstrators had earlier demanded that the Serbian authorities fulfill their demands before 13 April.

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