A political monopoly has been introduced in Serbia, and whoever upsets it is attacked, Vesna Pesic, a sociologist and former politician and diplomat, a leader of the opposition that ousted late strongman Slobodan Milosevic, told N1 on Thursday.
She compared the political system in the country to the one existing in Albania during the rule of the late dictator Enver Hoxha.
Pesic has recently tweeted that the situation in Serbia under President Aleksandar Vucic might leave people the only chance - “a barrel in the head.”
She immediately deleted the tweet, but it caused an avalanche of comments accusing her of calling for Vucic’s murder instead of a suicide.
Vucic said he would not sue Pesic, but the police interrogated her over the tweet.
On Thursday, she said she answered some of the questions the police asked, but for some, she said she wouldn’t respond to.
"My statement to the police will probably go to a prosecutor. There is a minute which will be sent. If they think there is something in it, they will go further. I’m ready for everything,” Pesic said.
She added that “we live in a system of an absolute political monopoly. We now have a chance to see how it looks like. Where on earth you have seen someone forming their opposition,” Pesic asked alluding to parties that pretended to be in the opposition and to the initiative of reducing the election threshold from five to three percent ahead of the spring general vote.
Pesic said that the current way of the ruling had not been seen ever before.
"There are organised troops for harassing people… He (Vucic) allows himself to mention people by name. That is banned because you have all the power,” she warned.
Pesic described the political monopoly as having "one department store in which we have to buy everything."
She added that “we went too far, too far backwards” into the system which did not abolish only the institutions, but also some relatively fair elections.