The ruling party’s tower of power is starting to fall, faced with the thousands of people protesting across Serbia, opposition leader Dragan Djilas wrote in an op-ed piece for Belgrade daily Danas.
“The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tower of power built on fear, lies, media, money, crime, threats, pressure has started to shake and fall. That fall can no longer be stopped,” Djilas wrote.
He added that the tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets of Belgrade and other places in Serbia are a wave of victory looming over the current regime which the whole country can see. According to the former Belgrade mayor, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s followers see that wave and “have realized that the promise of another decade in power is just another lie”.
“Just over a month ago the followers of the new Broz (late Yugoslav President Tito), as he sees himself, thought they would stay in power for a long, long time… Vucic told them every so often that they would be winning elections up to 2027 and that they have no reason to worry about everything bad they are doing to the people because no one can do anything to them since they will be in power,” Djilas wrote.
He believes that people have become conscious of the evil looming over them and have united – students, old age pensioners, public figures, politicians, professors, workers… all marching in the same column including “people who believe Kosovo is the most important issues and people who think we won’t survive without European Union membership”. “There were LGBT flags along with Russian and Jamaican flags but most of the flags were Serbia! And that’s the point,” Djilas wrote, and added that the only important thing is that people want to change the regime peacefully.
He said the entire opposition has to realize that the people in the streets want to hear them say that the fall of the regime means the fall of the system. “We have to promise not to take part in false elections and we all, the people and politicians, come up with a way to turn elections into elections once again and guarantee that there will be no elections until those conditions are met,” he said.
Djilas wants the opposition to promise that, once real elections come, they will come up with a national list of candidates which will include non-partisan figures, representatives of professional organizations, academy members, professors, students, union and civil sector representatives, journalists and farmers and anyone else being “killed” by the regime.
“Our common goal is a state ruled by law, not thugs, institutions protection the interests of individuals not parties, freedom of thought and expression for all, not just the president’s people,” he said.