Eight policemen injured, 38 detained in Serbia opposition protest over election – Times of India

Eight policemen injured, 38 detained in Serbia opposition protest over election - Times of India

Belgrade: Eight policemen were injured and 38 people were detained during and after one. Opposition protests On the election results SerbiaPolice said on Monday.
Thousands of people gathered in central Belgrade on Sunday to demand the annulment of parliamentary and local elections held a week ago, which international observers called unfair.
Protesters smashed windows and glass at the town hall’s main entrance, before police used pepper spray to disperse them around 10 pm (2100 GMT).
The head of the police administration, Ivica Ivkovic, said that two of the eight injured police officers suffered serious injuries.
“We will continue to work to maintain law and order and we expect more arrests in connection with the protests tomorrow night,” Ivkovic told a news conference.
Opposition parties accused the police of excessive force, and some social networks showed footage of policemen being beaten in the streets near the town hall.
Outgoing Prime Minister Anna Barnabyk thanked the Russian secret service for providing information about planned activities by the opposition. “This (my statement) will not be popular in the West,” Barnabic of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) said on a TV show.
Serbia, an EU candidate, has resisted Western pressure to introduce sanctions against Russia.
Moscow has been one of Serbia’s closest allies for decades, especially after 1999 when Russia opposed NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia, made up of Serbia and Montenegro.
An international monitoring mission said last Monday that SNS gained unfair advantage through media bias, undue influence of President Aleksandr Vosk and voting irregularities such as vote buying.
The opposition, led by the center-left Alliance Serbia Against Violence, said protests would continue on Monday, with students planning to block traffic.
The populist ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won 46.72 percent of the vote in last weekend’s snap parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results from the state election commission.
Serbia Against Violence came second in the polls with 23.56 percent of the vote, and the Socialist Party of Serbia came in third with 6.56 percent.

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