Jaksic: Someone made a simple walk a matter of life and death

Marko Jakšić
Foto: N1, caption

Following the reactions to the announced „One out of five million“ protest in North Mitrovica in the last two days, GI „Serbia, Democracy, Justice – Oliver Ivanovic“ councilor, Marko Jaksic said on the “Dan Uzivo” talk-show on TV N1 that he did not expect such reactions. „Someone made a simple walk a matter of life and death,“ he stated.

Jaksic said that he did not expect such reactions after the announcement of the protest in North Mitrovica.

„I expected this to be an ordinary protest, a simple walk during which we would show our dissatisfaction with what happened to Oliver Ivanovic by lighting candles to remember him and support the people who are protesting in other cities in Serbia in a simple way,“ he said.

He pointed out, however, that the day before yesterday was surprising.

„Threats and intimidation of potential organizers of this protest came from all sides so much so that it was unbelievable. All this was reminiscent of the local elections campaign in 2017 and everything that happened in those few months, it all happened the day before yesterday in just one day,“ Jaksic said.

He described Marko Djuric’s performance as a „walk all over Serbia, but Kosovska Mitrovica is the only city where no one will be able to protest.“

To show that we are so free that we can publicly express our opinions and that nobody will beat, strike or kill us, that there is no longer room for such things in Serbia

„It was strange that he tried to link the protest with the opposition leaders in Serbia the entire time,“ he underlined.

According to Jaksic, all people who are in the institutions of the Republic of Serbia that function in the north of Kosovo are under pressure.

„Everyone was told, everyone who comes to the protest (today) will be able to take his work card on Monday – that is pressure on the individual and on the families. Someone made a simple walk a matter of life and death,“ he said.

Jaksic emphasized that the Saturday protest will not be postponed.

„There will certainly be a protest. There will not be several tens of thousands of people at this protest, how many will be at this counter-protest organized by Srpska Lista, but several of us will be there and we will say that we disagree with what happened to Oliver Ivanovic, to show that we support people in the rest of Serbia, to show that we are so free that we can publicly express our opinions and that nobody will beat, strike or kill us, that there is no longer room for such things in Serbia.“ 

He added that the police announced that it would make a security assessment of the protest.

„Accordingly, I expect an adequate number of police officers at that gathering,“ he said.

When asked what he thinks about Oliver Ivanovic’s widow, Milena Popovic reacting to the protest, Jaksic replied that he will refrain from any comments on Mrs. Popovic out of respect for the late Oliver.

The head of Hospital Center in Mitrovica on the protests

Although there have been no protests in North Mitrovica for some time, a new protest campaign against the introduction of taxes and the announcement of the unification of the southern and northern parts of the city will be held today, TV N1 reported.

TV N1 broadcast the statement by the head of the Hospital Center, Milan Ivanovic, one of the three organizers of today’s protest, who said that it is a protest „against Albanian violence and hegemony“. Ivanovic also mentioned the protest which will be held on Saturday, as well as those which have been held in Belgrade for weeks.

„These are authentic protests, sincere, protests organized by Serbs themselves, our institutions. There is no one from the West standing behind us, as is the case with the protests in Belgrade, which are fewer in number than ours, which are happening by the order and dictation of the West in personal political interest,“ Ivanovic told Belgrade-based news agency Tanjug.

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