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Anger growing among struggling Serbs

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Anger growing among struggling Serbs


Opposition to Serbia’s pro-European ruling coalition is growing in the face of rising unemployment and economic hardship.

Public sector worker strikes are spreading and more and more people are expressing their frustration.

“Poverty is a big problem,” said one woman at a Belgrade market. “We live on the edge, it’s especially hard for the young. We, the older ones, are used to it and lived like this before, but for the young ones it’s very difficult.”

A stall holder added: “It’s terrible. It’s minus 8 degrees and we’re at work and we earn nothing. Only about 500 people come here to shop daily. That’s nothing – the stands are empty.”

Saturday saw the biggest demonstration of its kind in decades as 70,000 people gathered in front of parliament.

It was organised by the opposition Serbian Progressive Party. It says it is giving the coalition until April to call early elections or face more protests.

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