The 60th anti-government civil gathering organised by #1 in 5 million association went on without usual speeches, and people, who came in a smaller number than on other Saturdays, were called for patience regarding the election boycott decision, while outside the capital more rallies in support of N1 TV took place, the media reported.
This Saturday’s protest, #1 in 5 million association members said, was “trying to find the light in this media darkness.”
"Whenever there was something important on the news, the signal or the Internet would be lost," Misa Markovic from Pozega said.
After they gathered outside the Faculty of Philosophy, people went for a traditional walk through the city’s centre, passing by the state RTS TV whose reporting they considered pro-authority and biased.
Some carried banners 'give us back N1'in support of N1 TV action #letn1tvbeseen, and a balloon in the shape of letter N was let in the air.
In the meantime in Serbia's central city of Kragujevac, people gathered in support of N1TV and their local newspaper.
Also, in the western town of Pozega, a similar rally was held.
"We came here to support the N1 staff. N1TV was always in Pozega when we organised protests and other gatherings to objectively and timely inform the public," Misa Markovic from Pozega said.
He added that this was not the first time that N1 was attacked. "Whenever there was something important on the news, the signal or the Internet would be lost."
The #1 in 5 million organisation in Belgrade, the champions of the idea of the election boycott has recently said they may take part in the next general vote.
The announcement surprised both people and the opposition parties which already have opted not to participate in the ballot they said cannot be fair and free.
One of the organisers, Milos Simovic, told people he knew they were confused with the announcement, but pledged with them to be patient “because not everything has been said.”
The crowd answered him, yelling ‘boycott.’