Protests in Serbia 2020-2021.

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November 30, 2021

Protests in Serbia 2020-2021. years represent a wave of mostly heterogeneous and mutually uncoordinated protests, which began in late April 2020 during the coronary virus pandemic in Serbia. On April 26, 2020, at 8:05 p.m., by banging on sherpas and playing loud music, until 9:05 p.m., protests began in cities across Serbia to protest the ban on movement and the six-week curfew introduced in mid-March (the so-called . "Noise against dictatorship"). At the beginning of May, the government eased the measures banning the movement, only to abolish them completely after a few days. In mid-June, there was a recurrence of the epidemic, and at the beginning of July, the government returned certain epidemiological measures, which led to greater dissatisfaction of citizens and a wave of violence and mass riots both in Belgrade and throughout Serbia. The protests are an indirect continuation of the previous wave of public discontent, which definitely ended with the outbreak of the pandemic in March. The new wave of protests was characterized by markedly greater use of repressive measures by law enforcement forces than in all previous demonstrations since 2000.

Background

Protest against dictatorship and One of five million

From 2017 to 2020, Serbia was shaken by two waves of opposition protests, which did not result in more visible changes in the country's political sky. The protest against the dictatorship actually lasted for several weeks in the spring of 2017, and it erupted as a reaction to the election of Aleksandar Vučić as President of Serbia, and the conditions that led to that election. The protests, which were known informally as One of Five Millions, lasted much longer. They broke out at the end of 2018, as a reaction to the physical attack on the leader of the Serbian Left, Borko Stefanović, and they lasted with greater or lesser intensity until the early months of 2020. They were suspended on March 10, 2020, due to the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic.

Regular parliamentary elections in 2020

The period before the elections were marked by civil protests, which resulted in changes in the opposition part of the spectrum and announcements of boycotts of institutions and elections under the previous conditions, and then negotiations between the government and the opposition through MEPs.

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