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Serbia’s event industry protest over ban on gatherings

April 12, 2021

Dozens of people working in Serbia’s event industries protested outside the Government main building in Belgrade on Monday, under the ‘Protest for Survival’ banner, after 380 days ban on organizing weddings, corporative celebrations and other ceremonies, without any state help.

They blocked the main street near the building and caused a traffic collapse in the city’s center.

The protesters demand direct financial aid for the most endangered industries for the period of the ban on work until they start working in total capacity and the exact date when they will be allowed to go back to work.

They suggest weddings with face masks, without buffet, with a maximum of five people per table and musicians behind the plexiglass sheets. They added it would be better than the current uncontrolled weddings in small indoor premises, which are organized en masse.

The event industry, according to its representatives, employs some 30,000 people.

They said the last meeting with the Government was three weeks ago and called on it look around and see opened shopping malls, crowded public transport, “everything that functions except us.”

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-event-industry-protest-over-ban-on-gatherings/

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