Thursday 25 May 2017

Serbians protest over outcome of presidential election

Demonstrators light torches during a protest march in Belgrade, Serbia (AP)
Demonstrators light torches during a protest march in Belgrade, Serbia (AP)

Several thousand people have rallied in Serbia's capital for a third day in protest against the victory of the country's powerful leader, Aleksandar Vucic, in last weekend's presidential election.

Blowing whistles and chanting slogans against Mr Vucic, crowds marched through Belgrade and other cities. They held banners with slogans such as "Down with dictatorship" and "Stop the government terror".

The protesters, most of them young, gathered on the streets in response to calls on social media. It was not clear who is organising the events, although government officials claim the demonstrations are the work of political opponents.

Student organisations in Belgrade and the northern city of Novi Sad say they are demanding the replacement of the state election commission, the editors of the state television, and the parliament speaker.

Press Association

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