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Protests in Serbia

Alliance for change held another rally yesterday, this time in Vranje. Some 4.000 people attended the rally. During the rally there was a power shortage on public square, where the rally was held. People shouted "thieves" and "red bandits", believing that shortage was organized. Former governor of National Bank of Yugoslavia, Dragoslav Avramovic, said that independent sindical organizations would support protests. He also said that Alliance for change has a program which will "bring prosperity" to Serbia, by cutting number of policeman for 90% and "reconciliation of Serbia with Europe and World".

"Unless before 21. September Vojvodina Parliament (Vojvodina is autonomous region in Serbia) make a decision to go on elections, anti-government rallies which will be held on that day in 7 cities in Vojvodina (Novi Sad, Sombor, Subotica, Kikinda, Zrenjanin, Vrsac and Sremska Mitrovica) will become demonstrations with demand for elections in Vojvodina", said yesterday on press conference Mile Isakov, president of Vojvodina reform party.

Pensioner syndicate "Nezavisnost" will organize tomorrow new protest in Belgrade. Zika Pantic, syndicate's spokesman, said that main reason for protest is division of power coupons instead of pensions. "Our syndicate think that this way of paying debts to pensioners is a scam because we much more need food and medicines than power, and we can't buy them with coupons", said Pantic.

Source: Free Serbia

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