Demonstrations Against Serbian President-Elect Sweep Country for Fifth Night

Protesters came out in Belgrade and other Serbian cities once again on Friday night, April 7, to demonstrate against the outcome of the Serbian presidential elections on Sunday.

The student-led demonstrations have been running for five consecutive nights against what protesters call the “dictatorship” of President-elect Aleksandar Vucic.

This footage from Belgrade shows noisy protesters lighting flares as they march through the city past government buildings and the broadcaster’s offices.

Vucic, who is currently prime minister, was elected with 55 percent of the vote and is expected to continue the country’s path towards EU integration while maintaining close ties to Russia. Although the office of president is largely a ceremonial role, demonstrators fear he will maintain control over government through his Serbian Progressive Party.

Student groups reportedly accused broadcasters of bias in favour of Vucic during the election campaign and called for the resignation of top management among media regulators. They also called for the resignation of parliament speaker and Vucic ally Maja Gojkovic over her decision to suspend parliamentary sessions until after the vote.

More protests are planned over the weekend. Credit: Twitter/@DraganaPeco via Storyful