Serbian opposition leader threatens mass protests

The leader of Serbia’s nationalist opposition today threatened to “blockade” the capital with mass rallies unless his demands for early elections are met.

The leader of Serbia’s nationalist opposition today threatened to “blockade” the capital with mass rallies unless his demands for early elections are met.

Serbian Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolic said that unless the pro-Western government meets his demands within the next two months, Belgrade will be “frozen” by his supporters.

Mr Nikolic’s party has risen in popularity because of Serbia’s deep economic and social problems amid the global recession.

It plans to stage a rally on Saturday in Belgrade and is hoping for a turnout of 50,000.

The former ally of late Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic has been demanding early parliamentary elections before 2012 when they are scheduled to be held.

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