Top Serbian officials and pro-government media continued today with the harsh attacks against the opposition accusing its people of staying behind the protests over the fuel price hike. Among other things, the opposition is marked as responsible because a pregnant woman has allegedly lost her baby due to a blockade on one of the highways.
President Aleksandar Vucic said that he has made a mistake “because I told them: let them do whatever they want”. He probably alluded to security forces that did not prevent protesters from blocking the highways and crossroads throughout Serbia.
“The beating of a citizen in Belgrade represents extreme violence which unseen in the past 10 years… He was brutally beaten because he asked them (protesters) the reason they rallied for. These people are preventing freedom of movement, something that is guaranteed by the constitution”, Vucic underlined.
However, Zeljko Veselinovic, president of the trade union “Sloga”, claimed that this citizen, identified as Bozidar Milic, has not been attacked. “He is an allegedly beaten citizen is, and, by the way, an SNS (ruling party) member”, Veselinovic tweeted, posting photos which, as he claimed were made before and after the attack.
On Monday, Vulin accused protesters of preventing the movement of the military vehicles to the south of Serbia and thus jeopardising national security.
The main pro-government tabloid, the “Informer” accuses leaders of the opposition for “terrible political violence”. Under the main headline that reads, “Fascists beat people” they quote the allegedly beaten Milic, saying that the attackers also stole 300 euros from him. “I asked them why they are doing that, and after that they began beating me. They also took 300 euros from me”, Milic told the “Informer”.
Deputy mayor of Belgrade Goran Vesic said that the poorest people in Serbia have been left without free food due to the protests. He also accused opposition leaders of (causing or stimulating) the blockades, calling them “bullies”.
“He is very annoyed over the protests… As MPs we have to protect this people (protesters), rather than attending the parliament session”, tweeted Marinika Tepic, an opposition MP, alluding to Vucic.
The protests kicked off on Friday. Fuel price in Serbia has reached 1.3 euros, the highest price in the Western Balkans…. / IBNA