Opposition leader Dragan Djilas rejected claims by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic that the opposition can’t bring 5,000 people together at the weekly protests in Belgrade.
Djilas said in a statement that Vucic abused his position as head of state to “serve up new lies” at a news conference in the Presidency building.
The statement said that Vucic’’s attempt to demean the people protesting every Saturday by reducing their numbers was “especially shameful”. He added that it was even more shameful of the president to compare the protestors with the people who he said had been forced to come to Belgrade for a rally of support to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Yesterday‘s visit by the Russian president was used by Vucic for a counter-rally but that failed even though he used blackmail and brought in employees of state companies. He brought in people from across Serbia in 1,200 buses, forced companies to cover the costs, set quotas and made lists even in old age homes and still they didn‘t get the number of people, mainly from Belgrade, who attended the memorial march for (assassinated Kosovo Serb opposition leader) Oliver Ivanovic,“ Djilas said in the statement.