Drivers in several Serbian cities stopped their cars on busy locations during the afternoon rush hour in a protest over soaring fuel prices.
Friday’s protests in the capital city of Belgrade and other cities were organized through social networks. It halted traffic for about an hour on a hot and sunny afternoon, forcing some people to walk home from work.
In Belgrade, people could be seen crossing the bridges on foot alongside kilometers-long lines of cars. More over there were fights, even one robbery was noted. One man complained about traffic jams and in a moment he was jumped by three men who beat him up and steal his bag. Horrible.
President words on this incident
He described the beating of a citizen during the blockade of the Zrenjanin Road in Borca as a brutal act of violence of the kind that has not been seen in Serbia in the last ten years. “It’s sad that some people want to hide it and present it as an accident. What accident? The man was brutally beaten because he asked (protesters) ‘why are you doing this’. These people prevented the freedom of movement guaranteed by the Constitution,” Vucic said.
According to him, two out of the three men who were arrested for assaulting the citizen in question, but also for stealing his bag, have previous criminal records.
Streets in two other large cities, Novi Sad and Nis, were also jammed, as were several country roads. It was not clear how many drivers took part in the protest, but thousands of cars, trucks and public transportation vehicles were stuck in the resulting back-up.