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Representatives of the opposition in Serbia gathered around the idea of a boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections, reiterated at the European Parliament in Brussels that they remain united in their decision to boycott the elections, at both the republic and local levels.

A release issued by the Alliance for Serbia (SzS) states that SzS chairman Dragan Djilas, Sabac Mayor Nebojsa Zelenovic and Movement of Free Citizens (PSG) official Nathan Albahari conferred in Brussels with the EP Vice President Klara Dobrev and MEPs Tanja Fajon and Vladimir Bilcik - members of the EP delegation in the dialogue on election conditions in Serbia. SzS officials elaborated the decision to boycott the elections, saying that pressures were intensifying in Serbia, that TV N1 was being expelled from cable operators’ offers, that even more brutal media demonization of regime unlike-minded persons was underway, and that there were attempts to establish complete control over the judiciary and voters.

They assessed that it was now clear to everyone that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had misled EP representatives who had participated in the dialogue on election conditions in Serbia, and that the authorities failed to deliver on what they had promised.

As the SzS said earlier, Djilas, Zelenovic, and Albahari in Brussels conferred with the Vice-President of the European Parliament Klara Dobrev about the real situation in Serbia and why the boycott is the only alternative to the upcoming, false elections, as they said. That is why, they said in the release, the opposition in Serbia remains united in the decision to boycott false elections in the spring - at the republican and local levels.

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Nebojsa Zelenovic, the Mayor of Sabac, the only opposition-held town in Serbia, said on Wednesday that “a brutal regime’s attack” on N1 TV is going on and that it is led by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic but ordered by President Aleksandar Vucic,” the Beta news agency reported.

“Journalists, organizations, political parties, free-thinking people and the international community should stop this lawlessness and that everyone in their way should contribute to the protection of N1’s professionalism”, Zelenovic said.

“Several months ago, Vucic issued a command that N1’s program should not be allowed, and everyone, from Prime Minister, ministers, (state-owned cable internet & phone operator) Telecom and cybercriminals join the activity”, Zelenovic added. “All the people should have a possibility to watch N1 via all cable operators, and the bans were an attempted introduction of mere dictatorship”, Zelenovic concluded.

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President of the oppositional Together for Serbia (ZzS) and Sabac Mayor Nebojsa Zelenovic called on CEO of the state-owned Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) Dragan Bujosevic to make statement on the demands of the academic community for changes in the company’s editorial policy, asking “what does his silence mean” (while he worked as a journalist, Bujosevic hosted a show called “It’s not Serb-like to be silent”).

Zelenovic called on Bujosevic to start abiding by the law regulating the operation of the public service, saying that “it is simply incredible that Bujosevic is silent to the demands of the wisest people in our country for changes of the RTS editorial policy and to allow for the citizens to have truthful, timely and objective information.”

“What does this silence mean? No rational person can be against the demands of the academic community for RTS to provide the possibility for a more equal presentation of all relevant sides and actors, who would be able to present their arguments and opinions unencumbered and without censorship, as well as to make available to the citizens the detailed reviews of the documents supporting their views,” Zelenovic said.

Zelenovic also said that “Serbia will be a non-free country for as long as prime-time shows and all news programs on RTS do not discuss free elections and objectively consider all scandals: from the Krusik scandal, Jovanjica, the Belgrade Waterfront, the demolition in Savamala, the toll plaza in Doljevci, aunts in Canada, plagiarized and forged diplomas, doctoral theses, and the environmental catastrophe.”

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The organizers of the 1 in 5 Million protest devoted this Saturday’s gathering to the assassinated Kosovo Serb opposition leader Oliver Ivanovic, playing recordings of his interviews instead of the customary speeches.

The protest march, headed by protesters carrying a banner saying There Are More Of Us, ended up in front of the St Sava temple where protesters lit candles in memory of Ivanovic, two days after a memorial service in that church was held on the anniversary of his death. That gathering was attended by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and other state officials among others.  

Ivanovic was gunned down in front of his party offices in the divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica on January 16, 2018. Both the Serbian and Kosovo authorities have launched investigations, blaming each other for his murder and an alleged cover-up.  

The organizers of the protest decided not to allow any speeches out of respect for Ivanovic, choosing instead to play recordings of his interviews, including one in which he said: “They have done everything they could to me, the only thing they haven’t done is shoot me, but who knows, that can’t be excluded”.  

The crowd included Ivanovic’s brother Miroslav and opposition Alliance for Serbia leaders Zoran Lutovac (Democratic Party leader), Nebojsa Zelenovic (Together for Serbia leader and Mayor of the city of Sabac), Borko Stefanovic (Party of Freedom and Justice) and Nikola Jovanovic (People’s Party).

(Foto: FoNet)

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Sabac Mayor Nebojsa Zelenovic said today that he was “followed and heard” for two years, 2017 and 2018 and that he came into possession of documents with orders for that.

Zelenovic, during his appearance on TV N1, claimed that he was “under measures” for the whole of 2017 and 2018, and accused the president of Serbia, Alexander, of “misusing the institutions” of the Security Information Agency (BIA) and the prosecution. Vucic.

“During all this monitoring, they have managed to pull off a process that is being charged to me as mayor, that the budget of the town of Sabac was paid to a utility company for the removal of garbage in a couple of Sabac villages, and that's all … The more important thing is that you see here how many people are under pressure from the system to do things illegally, “Zelenovic said.

He said that he was waiting for his lawyer's team to “finish the whole job”, after which he would go out in public, and he added that he had been monitored for being presented as the head of an organized crime group.

Talking about the process of misuse of the budget by the Republican authority against him and the municipalities, Zelenovic said that in 2016 the State Audit Institution found that there were discrepancies in the spending of the budget, but that they did not significantly affect the city's operations and did not exist.

“Instead of being a misdemeanor liability in any ordinary proceeding, due to accounting mismatches, I have been tried for three years. We are now in the Court of Appeal in Novi Sad. I believe that no court now can decide. to condemn me for something I didn't do, “Zelenovic said.

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