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Serbia is one-party state, opposition says

January 10, 2020

The Alliance for Serbia (SzS), the largest opposition group in Serbia activists said on Friday that “what can be watched on television in this country is a classic example of a one-party state,” the Beta news agency reported.

SzS held a gathering in the northern city of Novi Sad, reiterating it would boycott the next spring general elections since, they said, “it is necessary” because “they are not elections.”

“They (the regime) succeeded in on thing – to spit on people and opposition, to ‘sell’ one thought vital for them and that is that we are all the same. But we are not all the same,” Djordje Randelj, a publicist and journalist, told the crowd.

He added that “only a quarter of people in Serbia vote for them.”

He referred to the last early general elections in March 2014 where just over a half of 6.7 million eligible voters turned out and the ruling coalition led by Aleksandar Vucic, who became President three years later, won 48.8 percent.

In Novi Sad on Friday, Srdjan Skoro, a journalist, said that “the current regime deprived Serbia’s people of their future and presence and made them sick of past.” “The boycott will show how much are we able and how much we want to change something,” Skoro said. They announced a new gathering for next Friday.  

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a559551/Serbia-s-regime-deprives-people-of-future-opposition-says.html

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