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The leader of Together for Serbia and one of the leaders of the Alliance for Serbia (SzS) Nebojsa Zelenovic said that the whistleblower from the Valjevo ammunition factory Aleksandar Obradovic had, live in a television program, presented evidence that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic was the “mentor of the corruption octopus” in state-owned ammunition factory Krusik.

“It is now clear to all that Vucic, through [the powerful official of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS)] Darko Glisic is, in fact, the mentor and protector of illegal dealings with weapons and the plundering of Krusik. Through Glisic, the SNS had formed an organized group which has damaged Krusik out of several tens of millions of euros and for the same sun gained illegal property gain to ammunition tradesmen”, state Zelenovic in a written statement.

He also said that this was proved by the fact that the state-owned company for trading in military equipment SDPR was virtually pushed out of the business with Krusik and that, on the orders of the SNS the private company for arms trading GIM was infiltrated; GIM is represented by the father of the Interior Minister [Branko Stefanovic]. Also included in the deals was the company of Slobodan Tesic, an arms trader and official financier of the SNS. “They, at prices lower than those of the SDPR, virtually at the price of cost, bought goods from Krusik and frequently sold them for double the price. Where did the profit of several dozen million euros end up, President Vucic?”, demanded Zelenovic.

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Vucic’s "Serbia 2025" plan was a deception of Serbian citizens living at the limit of material existence, in a moment when the country was facing exodus of young, educated and qualified workers abroad, the leader of Together for Serbia (ZzS) and one of the leaders of Alliance for Serbia (SzS) Nebojsa Zelenovic emphasized on Sunday.

“Vucic has turned Serbia into a country of sad and scared people, a country without any perspective. According to all economic parameters the country is at the very bottom of Europe. Standard of living and economic growth are at the level of Albania and this is the result of Vucic’s policy”, Zelenovic emphasized.

He added that not even a salary of 500 Euros has been reached, which was being promised by Vucic for six years, and now he was covering this unfulfilled promise with another, even more, unrealistic promise.

“Now he promises that the average salary in Serbia will reach 900 Euros in 2025, while the average pensions will be 430 or 440 Euros, which is an increase of more than 90 percent. Economic analysists have calculated that according to Vucic’s unrealistic projection of growth rate, gross domestic product in 2025 would be higher by 27 percent”, Zelenovic said.

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The leader of Together for Serbia (ZzS) party and one of the leaders of Alliance for Serbia (SzS) Nebojsa Zelenovic called the government on Saturday to “cancel all public-funded New Year’s celebrations” around Serbia and the money allocated for this “allocate for treatment of sick children, people with special needs and young couples”.

Zelenovic, Mayor of Sabac, the only larger city in Serbia not under control of Aleksandar Vucic’s regime, stated in the written statement that this city would not have an organized New Year’s celebration “because there are incomparably more important things where the money of citizens should be invested”.

“Instead of fees for celebrity stars, the budget money was allocated for Fund for Children Ill with Difficult and Rare Diseases and financing in-vitro fertilization for young couples. This is just one example of how to run a responsible policy towards children and young people”, Zelenovic stated.

“In such harsh economic circumstances, it is unacceptable and immoral to allocate astronomical fees for parties on city squares. Unfortunately, the full truth is that the government is using people’s money to buy the support of celebrities so the signers and starlets could publicly support (Serbian President and the leader of the ruling SNS Aleksandar) Vucic in elections campaigns and at the party rallies”, Zelenovic concluded.

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For years, Serbia has been labeled as one of the frontrunners for EU accession in the Western Balkans, being one of two countries in the region currently negotiating membership. Unfortunately, there is little truth in this perception, write representatives of the Serbian opposition.

[Following is the opinion article by the Serbian opposition leaders and members of the Alliance for Serbia coalition: Dragan Đilas, President of the Freedom and Justice Party, Nebojša Zelenović, President of Together for Serbia, and Dejan Nikolić, Vice-President of the Democratic Party.]

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Serbia has experienced a dramatic democratic backslide since the 2012 ascent to power of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) led by current President Aleksandar Vučić. In recent years, we have seen a resurgence in authoritarian leadership which has captured the state almost in its entirety.

Most prominently, Serbia is experiencing one of the most severe regressions in media freedom in the world. According to the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, Serbia dropped 36 ranks since 2014. All national frequency television stations are either directly controlled by the government or owned by those with close government ties. In addition, independent journalists are facing increasing pressure, exemplified by the case of journalist Milan Jovanović, whose house was set on fire and his door was shot at to prevent his escape. While members of the opposition are vilified daily in all national news outlets, high-profile government scandals are not even mentioned.

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„Vucic’s statement that 'the authorities gave more than the opposition had demanded regarding electoral conditions' because 'he is a lenient man' is nothing but a cynical mockery of the citizens of Serbia and the entire democratic public.“, said the leader of Together for Serbia Nebojsa Zelenovic.

“The Members of the European Parliament had the opportunity to see for themselves that in Serbia there are no elementary conditions for normal political life, let alone fair elections,” pointed out Zelenovic, who is also the Mayor of Sabac, in a written statement.

“The regime unsuccessfully tried to feign a dialogue in front of the eyes of the international representatives, making up some fake concessions, all to break up the unity of the opposition, and win over at least one of the relevant opposition parties for the fake elections. However, realizing that nothing will come of it because a million and a half citizens are unified in our stance to delegitimize the authoritarian government through boycott and that this will lead to fair elections with a fair election campaign of at least nine months,” he said.

"There are months of a difficult fight ahead of us, but we will win because Serbia deserves to be a decent and normal country. Any repression at one point begins to work to the detriment of its authoritarian leader. This will happen to Vucic very soon when he realizes that his most loyal and richest, heavily corrupted allies are leaving him; when he finally understands that he can not keep the people intimidated forever.

There are 230.000 part-time civil servants in Serbia who are frightened for their families' future because their employment depends on time-limited contracts, which must be extended every six months. This extension is decided in one single office of the ruling party in Belgrade, based on their performance as the (unwilling) activists of the Serbian progressive party. If they have gathered enough capillary votes, if they have written enough positive comments about „the Great Leader“ on social media, they can keep their jobs and feed their families – and the other way around. This so-called „bott army“ is a unique case in the entire world. The regime humiliates and abuses the despair and hopelessness of the frightened people. This can not last forever. These people are becoming aware that this situation can not go on, and that changes are necessary. "- concluded President of the Together for Serbia, Nebojsa Zelenovic.

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