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Serbia opposition supporters invade state-run TV

AFP  |  Belgrade 

Opponents of Serb broke into the state-run RTS television building, demanding to address the population, in images aired live.

There have been weekly opposition protests since December against what they describe as Vucic's slide towards autocratic rule, while accusing RTS of pandering to the ruling party and demanding more airtime for opposing views.

Among the dozens who invaded RTS on Saturday were opposition figures including former and Bosko Obradovic, of the right-wing

denounced the action in a statement run on RTS. Private TV channel N1 showed images of police starting to remove the protestors from the RTS premises.

Earlier thousands marched peacefully through the centre of as they have done on each Saturday since December 8.

Protests were also held in several other Serbian towns, with the marchers accusing those in power of muzzling the media and civil rights groups, also calling for the RTS chiefs to step down.

Vucic, an ultra-nationalist-turned-pro-European, has rejected claims he has become autocratic, and in return has launched a "Future of Serbia" campaign, visiting towns throughout and championing his policies.

The last year raised concerns about in Serbia, denouncing threats, intimidation and violence against journalists.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 06:00 IST