Serbian protest organizers name negotiators, define issues for talks

Serbian protest organizers name negotiators, define issues for talks

Serbian protest organizers name negotiators, define issues for talks Izvor: N1

The 1 in 5 Million protests continued in central Belgrade on Saturday with the announcement of a negotiation team to talk to the authorities about three key points – throttled media, abuses by the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) and irregular elections which included the buying of votes, blackmail and use of force.

Those three points and the proposal to form a negotiation team were put forward by the signatories of the so-called Agreement With the People. The members of the team should, according to the proposal, be experts and non-partisan figures prepared to come up with a plan to resolve those three key issues which are “the key levers of Vucic’s dictatorship” and the causes of the crisis facing the country.

Democratic Party (DS) official, actor Branislav Lecic said that those three points are crucial, recalling that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called for a dialogue with political opponents.

He named the members of the team as Belgrade University School of Political Science professors Cedomir Cupic, Snjezana Milivojevic and Dusan Vucicevic, Dr Jovanka Matic, politicologist Boban Stojanovic, film director Srdjan Dragojevic, journalist Vukasin Obradovic and BIRODI (Social Research Bureau) expert Zoran Gavrilovic with the involvement of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) and Association of Independent and Electronic Media (ANEM).

Lecic also blasted Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic for asking at Vucic’s Future of Serbia campaign rally in Belgrade on Friday if the popular band Riblja Corba played their song Remain a Piece of Garbage as a reply to the opposition, saying that the garbage will be under his windows.

Lecic, a leader of one of the first protests against the Milosevic regime in 1991, called for non-violent methods as a sure way to win. According to him, Vucic, like the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, had turned neighbor against neighbor.

The protest included a march to the Serbian state TV (RTS) headquarters.

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