Serbian protesters believe things can get better

NEWS 15.03.2019 18:51
Source: N1

The people turning out for the 1 in 5 Million protests are there mainly because of a lack of media freedom, corruption at government level, unemployment, poverty and the brain drain, the SeConS Development Initiative Group think-tank said on Friday, adding that a large percentage believe things will get better.

 According to a poll by SeConS with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, more than half the polled protest participants said they don’t think there is a party or individual who represents their views and interests. The poll covered 450 people in Belgrade.

Young people aged 18-30 account for 43 percent of the protesters while 37 percent are between the ages of 31 and 50. That includes 58 percent of employed people, 24 percent students, and retirees and the unemployed eight percent each. A total of 77 percent of the protest participants have university degrees or are students.

The fourth major reason listed by the polled protesters is the increasing violence against the political opposition and rivals, followed by the view that current government policies do not serve the interests of the country and the population but do serve foreign interests.

A total of 65 percent of the polled believe the protests will bring more media freedom, 62 percent believe the authorities will fall and 58 percent believe the level of democracy will be higher. The least trusted are the government and parliament and the most trusted are NGOs, the military and European Union institutions.