The anti-government protest in Belgrade that took place in July 2020, caused by high level of frustration with government arrogance, incompetence and intransparency in dealing with the pandemic. The protests were triggered by President’s announcement on reintroducing curfew. Since the beginning of the protests the government has been controlling and tolerating violence instigated by a small, but well-organized groups of nationalists and hooligans, with the aim of discrediting justified citizens’ anger. However, the situation went out of control when other groups extremists, not controlled by the authorities, increased violence and stepped up attacks on the police. Since the protests have been hijacked by a couple of hundred nationalists who imposed defending Kosovo as the main issue and, in such a way, derailed the citizens’ anger over government misconduct related to the pandemic, the overall number of protesters was steadily dropping. The photojournalists who covered these events were considerably obstructed in covering the protest due to constant threats to their lives and equipment coming from the violent protesters, as well as to lacking protection by the police. Belgrade, July 8-12, 2020.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic addressing supporters of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party who were brought by the authorities in an organized manner from all over the country. According to the Constitution, Prime Minister has strongest prerogatives, but Ana Brnabic has willingly been in President Vucic’s shadow. Serbian Progressive Party rally “Future of Serbia” in front of the Parliament, Belgrade April, 19, 2019.
Protest 1 in 5 Million
Big anti-government rally that gathered a few tens of thousands of people. The rally was part of the ongoing civic protest under the name “1 in 5 million”. The speakers at the rally were opposition leaders, as well as prominent representatives of civil sector and academia. Belgrade, April 13, 2019.
Belgrade, April 2017
Protest marking the first anniversary of an illegal demolition of building in Belgrade’s Savamala quarter executed in the middle of the night by the people wearing phantom masks. Savamala is an exclusive site on Sava river bank, which was given for free to Arab investors with the aim of building the “Belgrade Waterfront”, luxurious residential complex, despite the opposition of a large number of citizens and the most prominent experts in this field – architects and urban planners. The protest was organized by the non-governmental organization Ne davimo Beograd (Let’s Not Drown Belgrade). Belgrade, April 25, 2017.
The final rally
The final rally in the election campaign of the opposition Presidential candidate Sasa Jankovic, former Ombudsman. Mr. Jankovic raised high hopes and came second with 17% of the votes. However, after the election he spent the gained political capital fast, and finally he retired from politics in late 2018. Belgrade, March 29, 2017.