Serbia revokes weekend lockdown after protests

A demonstrator confronts with security forces officers during a protest against a lockdown planned for the capital this weekend to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Belgrade, Serbia July 7, 2020. — Reuters pic
A demonstrator confronts with security forces officers during a protest against a lockdown planned for the capital this weekend to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Belgrade, Serbia July 7, 2020. — Reuters pic

BELGRADE, July 9 — Serbia’s will not reimpose a weekend lockdown in the capital Belgrade to halt spreading coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said after the prospect of the renewed restrictions triggered violent protests.

A government crisis group instead decided to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people to stop infections. The group also said it would limit working hours of indoor restaurants and cafes until 9 p.m.

Earlier this week, President Aleksandar Vucic’s announcement that the weekend lockdown would be necessary sparked violent protests in Belgrade and several other cities. — Reuters

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