Female soldiers guard Vucic's office in Belgrade during anti-regime protest

Female soldiers guard Vucic's office in Belgrade during anti-regime protest

Female soldiers guard Vucic's office in Belgrade during anti-regime protest Izvor: Strahinja Marušić

As he promised, Serbia's President ordered the removal of the protective metal fence around his seat and the deployment of women soldiers, members of an elite army unit, to guard the Presidency building during the #1 in 5 million anti-government protest on Saturday, N1 reported.

Two Cobra team female members in military police uniforms were outside the building an hour before the demonstrators were to gather in downtown Belgrade.

Vucic opted for the move after last Saturday's rally when protesters wanted to leave written demands to him outside the Presidency building, but were prevented by ununiformed men, said to be the members of Cobra unit.

In the incident, one of the organisers Srdjan Markovic suffered several blows and was pushed over the fence, after which he had to be taken to the city's IR.

On Saturday, the protesters walked by the building to warn about what they said was Vucic's humiliation of women.

The organisers said the Saturday's 37th rally topics were the fight against violence and beatings of the regime's opponents, for gender equality and against the humiliation of the army.

They put billboards with their 44 demands for free and fair election on the ground outside the Presidency building, while six female soldiers were on guard.

The protesters chanted "Vucic thief," "Arrest Vucic," etc.

"We will bring to light all the lies, all scams and you will end up in jail for all your thieveries," Markovic said.

He called for the boycott of the spring elections and said there were no negotiations and round table discussions with Vucic.

"The elections would be like the beating last Saturday," he said, telling Vucic he had no reason to be afraid "because no one will beat him."

Markovic said Vucic "is usurping power, boycotting common sense and all of us. That's why there should not be any negotiations and discussions, adding no fair elections would be possible in such an atmosphere.

Protesters were carrying banners reading "AV (Aleksandar Vucic), you're hiding behind women," "Stop lying, be normal," etc.

They also showed photos of the men who attacked Markovic last Saturday with "These (men) were beating people" written on them.

The #1 in 5 million rallies started last November after an opposition leader was heavily beaten in central Serbia before a debate organised by the Alliance for Serbia (SzS), Vucic's most serious opponents.

Since then, Belgraders gathered every Saturday, walked the city's central streets and stopped outside the state RTS TV to protest over its reporting on demonstration, or the lack of that.

Their demand is to be allowed to address people during the RTS main evening news.  

The demonstrations spread across the country and are still held weekly in some cities and towns. 

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