Belgrade students protest; Minister: Dormitories remain open

Belgrade students protest; Minister: Dormitories remain open

Belgrade students protest; Minister: Dormitories remain open Izvor: N1

Students in Belgrade launched a protest in at least two of the city’s dormitories after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that their dorms would be closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state RTS TV reported Vucic met with student representatives during the night and agreed to allow the dorms to remain open but with special measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

During the protest march to the Serbian parliament, students denied the claim, saying they want an official confirmation.

Early on Friday, Mladen Sarcevic said the students would stay in dormitories adding that the number of infected among them was not high and that most had mild symptoms of the coronavirus infection.

They gathered in front of their dorms in New Belgrade and the central Zvezdara municipality following the president’s live interview on the RTS, demanding that the dorms remain open and chanting 'We Won’t Go Home.'  

They told reporters they would not go home and risk to infect their parents and other older members of their families.

Videos posted on social media showed them chanting, whistling and banging on pots and pans, a traditional form of protest in Serbia.  

The police appeared at the dorms but did not intervene against the crowds of students, walking and driving in front of the crowd as the students made their way towards the centre of the Serbian capital.   

Students said that a protest would be organised outside the government headquarters on Friday.

The majority of Serbia's students have ended year exams in June and early July.

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