The 1 in 5 Million protest returned to the Serbian state TV (RTS) headquarters for a second Saturday in a row but this time with a peaceful performance on the parking lot outside the building.
A group of protesters, led by Dveri party leader Bosko Obradovic, entered the building last week and were evicted by the police and Gendarmerie in riot gear. The entrance to the building was roped off this week with opposition leaders standing facing the crowd to prevent protesters from approaching it.
This was the 16th weekly protest in Belgrade and it started with speeches by actor Branislav Lecic (a veteran leader of protests since the early 1990s) and retired air force General Sreto Malinovic on the plateu in front of the Belgrade University School of Philosophy (a traditional venue for protests dating back to the student protests of 1968).
The crowd marched to the RTS building carrying banners including those saying Don’t Let Fear be Your Profession, They’re Saying Things Were Never Better, Things Are Never Worse.
A group of protesters organized a performance titled Free Serbia Daily News (Dnevnik Slobodne Srbije) which included statements by five of the young men arrested for taking part in the previous week’s protests and their lawyer.
Many in the crowd lit candles for the RTS staff killed in the NATO bombings (which started on March 24, 1999) and to “get rid of the media darkness once and for all”.
The crowd then moved to the Supreme Court of Cassation in a show of support for the people on hunger strike there who are demanding a solution to the problem of their mortgages in Swiss Francs.
The protesters demands include free and fair elections, free media for a period of 6-9 months prior to the elections and the dismissal of the state leadership.