Mass gatherings in Serbia banned after violent protests

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Serbia on Thursday banned gatherings of greater than 10 folks within the capital, Belgrade, after days of violent protests towards coronavirus lockdown measures.

Thousands of individuals defied the ban to protest in entrance of Parliament. There had been a number of clashes between peaceable protesters and demonstrators, however no violent ones like on the earlier two nights.

The nation’s president Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling Progressive Party allies scored a victory within the June 21 elections. Vucic has initially downplayed the gravity of the outbreak. Authorities have swiftly eased the lockdown measures weeks earlier than the election, however later introduced a brand new curfew amid a surge of infections, 80% of which had been in Belgrade.

Critics blame Vucic for contributing to the spike in instances and deaths after he completely lifted earlier very tight lockdown measures.

“The health system in Belgrade is close to breaking up. That is why I can’t understand what we saw last night and the night before”, Serbia’s prime minister Ana Brnabic mentioned.

Over the earlier two evenings, protesters broke into the parliament constructing whereas others threw stones, bottles, and different projectiles on the officers, prompting the police to fireplace tear gasoline to disperse the gang.