1156 GMT December 14, 2019
On Saturday, over 5,000 people gathered on Belgrade’s streets demanding the resignation of the city’s mayor Siniša Mali and those responsible for the destruction of the residential block by a group of masked men.
The protests were the latest in series of demonstrations against the shady demolition which took place on April 24 in the district of Savamala, which is known for its nightlife.
Among the protesters were people clad in balaclavas, in reference to the demolitions, blowing horns and whistles and holding banners reading "Masks have fallen, when will the government?" or "Belgrade Is Our City."
"Resignations are only the first step," said a protester, adding, “We will force them to acknowledge responsibility of all who participated (in the incident.)"
Mali played a key role in a $3-billion deal with Emirati investors to build a riverside business and residential complex in the Savamala area.
The waterfront plans have been deeply censured by some of the country’s leading architects as being unsuitable for Belgrade.
Earlier in the month, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić admitted that city authorities were behind the demolitions.
The protests were dismissed by Vučić's ruling Serbian Progressive Party as a "circus" launched by the opposition parties.