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10 Apr 2017, Annie Tsoneva, EMIS Editor

Protests in Serbia continue for 7th day in a row

Protests in the largest Serbian cities continued on Sunday evening for a seventh day in a row gathering thousands of people who are dissatisfied with the result of the presidential elections held on April 2, BBC Monitoring reported on Monday citing website of Serbian broadcaster Radio B92.

On Sunday, The Protest Against Dictatorship, as the protests are called by their still unknown organisers, was held in the capital Belgrade, in Novi Sad, Subotica, and in Cacak. Earlier, the protesters demanded to be dismissed the members of the Electoral Commission (RIK), the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media, editors of the state-owned broadcaster, and President of the National Assembly Maja Gojkovic. They also require sorting of electoral registers to establish the exact number of voters.

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Sunday that "a minimal number of police officers" was deployed in the streets because the protests are "expected to be peaceful and non-violent." On Saturday in Belgrade, members of army and police trade unions, who are dissatisfied with "poor living standards in the security sector," also gathered in Belgrade. Young people and students who are protesting for a week now joined them.

The police estimated the number of protesters at 10,000 people while reporters have put the number at least 15,000, Beta newswire said. The Serbian Prime Minister Alexandar Vucic and candidate of the ruling coalition won the presidential elections a week ago.

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