Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Saturday June 3 in Belgrade to express their opposition to violence, for the fifth time after the two shootings which left 18 dead at the beginning of May, half of them children. Gathered under the watchword “Serbia against violence”demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Serbian capital in droves every week since the killings occurred less than forty-eight hours apart.
On May 3, a 13-year-old boy killed nine classmates and a guard at a school in Belgrade. A little later, a young man murdered eight people in two villages near the capital.
People first demonstrated as a sign of mourning but the protest turned into a vast movement of anger against the power of President Aleksandar Vucic. The demonstrators demand the revocation of the licenses of television stations close to the government which publish violent content and accuse the government of having established or tolerated a “climate of violence” in Serbia. They are also demanding the resignations of the interior minister and the head of the intelligence services.