Left-wing demonstrators continue to intensify protests against the Serbian government of Aleksander Vucic in Belgrade over the repression and beatings of opposition leaders late last year.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has vowed to defend law and order across his country, a day after opposition supporters stormed and briefly occupied the headquarters of state TV in a protest against what they say is his autocratic rule and biased coverage of their demonstrations by state media, reported RFERL.
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The president vowed to restore law and order.
“I’m their target as I seek Serbia’s political consolidation and economic development,” he said.
“There will be no more violence,” Vucic said. “Serbia is a democratic country, a country of law and order and Serbia will know how to respond.”
“Everyone taking part in this violence will be brought to justice,” he said. “The state won’t allow violence. If anyone thinks political goals can be achieved through violence, they are mistaken.”
“If they break in here, I will wait for them,” Vucic said. “They think they have the right — 1,000 of them — to determine the fate of the country.”
Vucic has tried to walk a fine line while governing Serbia, in casting himself as a peacemaker with the European Union while maintaining good relations with Serbia’s long-term ally, Russia.