Serbia: Hundreds demand release of protesters in Belgrade

Hundreds gathered in front of Belgrade’s Central prison for the second day in a row on Tuesday, demanding the release of citizens arrested during recent protests in Belgrade. Protesters held placards reading «do not beat your people» and “hospitals not prisons» and chanted «Let them all go.» They also demanded the resignation of the director of the police. One protester said «We came here primarily because of the police brutality that has taken so much momentum,» he added, «Prosecutors are not responding, the health system is broken, all the pillars and foundations of society that should function normally are not working and the only thing we can do in this country is to take to the streets and try to send a message all together in front of the police and the Assembly.» Over the past seven days protests have been held in Belgrade and other major cities in Serbia against the government. During the protests many protesters and bystanders were arrested and some have reportedly been given 30-day prison sentences under urgent procedure. According to reports ten protesters were released today, while more than a hundred remain imprisoned.

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