Belgrade demonstrators: Darth Vader's Imperial March for President

Belgrade demonstrators: Darth Vader's Imperial March for President

Belgrade demonstrators: Darth Vader's  Imperial March for President Izvor: FoNet/Aleksandar Barda

The 45th Saturday's rally in Belgrade started as the anti-government protest against criminal charges the public broadcaster RTS director Dragan Bujosevic filed against students, the members of #1 in 5 million organisation for spraying the TV's door with pink paint alluding on the pro-regime Pink TV with a message how they saw the RTS news programme, the Beta news agency reported.

RTS has later said Bujosevic had been obliged by the law to file charges since the building is public property.

One of #1 in 5 million organiser, Moma Kovacevic told the crowd that "according to 'Serbian Progressive Reality' (allusion to the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, led by the country's President Aleksandar Vucic), we are criminals because we fight for our right to know everything (RTS main slogan is 'Your right to know everything)."

He added that 'SNS reality' had nothing to do with 'real reality.'

"That's why we boycott their lies, their reality and their elections," Kovacevic said.

The 1 in 5 million organisation said they would boycott the next spring elections and were joined by a part of the opposition. The reasons for the boycott, according to them, is the lack of fair conditions and freedom of media.

After the demonstrators gathered outside the Belgrade Philosophy Faculty, they went for a traditional walk with a huge banner reading 'Boycott' ahead of the crowd.

This Saturday, the protesters again painted the RTS doors in pink and some opposition leaders joined them in symbolically showing that, according to them, there was no difference between the public broadcaster and privately owned pro-government Pink TV news programme.

They earlier stopped outside Vucic's office where a student played the violin to the tunes of The Imperial March, Darth Vader's Theme from the Star Wars. 

Srdjan Markovic, also from the 1 in 5 million organisation, said that President should be in that building, but "instead, it houses the dark side of Serbia."

In the meantime, the sued students said their hearings have started, adding they used the water-based paint, easy to clean.

The Saturday's protests usually ended outside the public broadcaster's building where the demonstrators used to read what they called real news, contrary to what the TV broadcast. 

During recent rallies, the chanted a slogan 'RTS is SNS' and demanded Bujosevic' resignation.  

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