Civic Protests spread to second Kosovo town

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Source: N1

The 1 in 5 Million protests continued on Saturday with gatherings and protest marches in Belgrade and the mainly-Serb town of Gracanica.

The protesters in Belgrade marched along the same route as in previous weeks, passing by the Serbian state TV (RTS) and central Terazije square.  

Students from the Belgrade University Schools of Political Sciences, Organizational Sciences, Electrotechnical Engineering, Pharmacy and others organized an earlier protest march to the plateau in front of the university School of Philosophy where the civic protests have started every Saturday. That group of students were joined along the way by students from the University Law School.  

The student march was organized under the slogan Wake Up Students #1in5Million.  

The students told N1 that they were there to support the professors who lent their support to the protests and to draw attention to the brain drain, lack of adequate jobs in Serbia and the problem of false diplomas.  

Kosovo Serbs gathered in Gracanica, 40 kilometres south of Mitrovica where the 1in5Million protest was held for the first time last week. The Gracanica protesters demanded that Serbian officials say what they mean by demarcation. The gathering was attended by Marko Jaksic who organized the Mitrovica protest and Serbs from other places in Kosovo.  

The civic protests have spread from Belgrade to the northern city of Novi Sad and southern city of Nis on Fridays and to a number of other cities and towns across Serbia where demands have been made for the dismissal of local authorities along with demands to the Serbian government and president.  

The protests started on November 30, 2018 under the slogan Stop to Bloody Shirts following an assault on one of the founders of the opposition Alliance for Serbia Borko Stefanovic.