The protesters in Belgrade made a “rational political move” when they refrained from gathering in front of the pro-government Pink media outlet, sociology expert Ratko Bozovic told N1 on Sunday.
He said that the “trouble” which was avoided would have for surely occurred if they had decided otherwise.
Djordje Pavicevic, a professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, said that this way the “most expensive reality show” was avoided.
Saturday’s “One of a Million” protest started in front of the Serbian government building and although protesters had announced they will walk to the building of what they see as pro-government Pink TV, this did not happen because, as the organisers claim, the government planned to incite unrest.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic accused the opposition of wanting to provoke incidents and apologized to the citizens for not deploying the police.
“This decision was a rational political gesture,” Bozovic said. "I’m sure that there would have been trouble. We avoided that and it’s good.”
“I think that those who had expected it (trouble) are disarmed now,” he said, adding that the plan to walk to the Pink TV building did not work and the plan was violence, professor Bozovic explained.
Pavicevic said that preparations of the arrival of the protesters was being prepared for days and that the goal was to turn the whole things into a reality show, directed by the owners of Pink TV, Zeljko Mitrovic.
“Refusing to play that game was smart and shows something very important - who really wants the violence,” he said, adding that the refusal to head toward the TV station hurt the government.
Asked whether he expects early elections, professor Bozovic said he really wants ”everyone on the political scene to come to their senses.”
“Because this is chaos,” he declared. “You have to create proper conditions for fair elections. Having elections under the current conditions is stupid.”
Pavicevic also said that future developments in Serbia will depend on a number of issues.