Opposition Dveri movement leader Bosko Obradovic said on Friday that 1 in 5 Million protests will be held in 40 towns across Serbia under the slogan Normal to mark six months since they began, adding that the opposition has just one demand – living normally in Serbia.
Obradovic said that it’s “not at all normal that there is no dialogue between the authorities and opposition given so much political crisis” and warned that the opposition will not run in elections unless election conditions and the situation in the media are changed. “That would lead to an even greater political crisis, unforseeable consequences, civic tension, conflicts, demonstrations, total civic resistance and disobedience,” he said.
“What we are living in now is not normal. The behaviour of leading officials is not normal, nor is party employment, robbery through party companies, fixed tenders, the sale of our natural and economic resources,” Obradovic said.
To illustrate his claim that things are not normal in Serbia, he cited the fact that “in six months five protest organizers were beaten up”. The attack on (opposition leader) Borko Stefanovic led to the start of the protests followed by assaults on protest organizers in Negotin and Majdanpek, and with municipality chiefs in Zitoradja and Knjazevac personally taking part in the beatings, he said.
Obradovic said the dismissals of several high-ranking Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) officials are the positive effects of the 1 in 5 Million protests.