Serbian leader blames far-right radicals for Belgrade clashes

Irish Times | Jul 8, 2020 at 8:14 PM
  • Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has accused far-right radicals and foreign security services of sparking violence during a protest in Belgrade against his government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Several senior Serbian politicians, including the minister for defence and the speaker of parliament, tested positive for coronavirus in the days after the election, and a number of towns and cities around the country declared a local state of emergency as the number of new cases rose sharply again.
  • 17,076 people in Serbia have been infected and 341 have died from the virus, but investigative journalists accuse the government of underreporting both statistics ahead of the election.