Moldova: Opposition Succeeds in Staging Mass Protest Rally in Spite of Government Spoiling Tactics

On 26 August the National Resistance Movement, a coalition of pro-European opposition parties, was gathered over 20,000 of its supporters in the Moldovan capital Chisinau for a major anti government protest. They were able to achieve this in spite of the fact that the government had deployed a series of techniques designed to discredit the … Continue reading Moldova: Opposition Succeeds in Staging Mass Protest Rally in Spite of Government Spoiling Tactics

Bosnia: Attack on Journalist Causes Anger at Dodik As Elections Approach

On the evening of 26 August Vladimir Kovacevic, a journalist, was attacked in Banja Luka, the administrative centre of the Republika Srpska, by two men armed with metal bars. The attack took place twenty minutes after Kovacevic, from the Independent BN TV based in Bijeljina in eastern Bosnia, had left a protest rally which was … Continue reading Bosnia: Attack on Journalist Causes Anger at Dodik As Elections Approach

Serbia: Arrest of Paramilitary Leader Highlights Issue of Pro-Russian Volunteers

On 23 August Bratislav Zivkovic, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Cetnik Movement, was arrested by the police in the southern town of Krusevac on suspicion of taking part in the war in Ukraine. Zivkovic’s detention highlights the wider controversy over the role of pro-Russian Serbian volunteers in the Ukrainian conflict. A Chetnik’s Progress: Bratislav … Continue reading Serbia: Arrest of Paramilitary Leader Highlights Issue of Pro-Russian Volunteers

Romania: Social Democrat Government Seeks to Change the Narrative As Pressure Mounts After Protests

After the 10 August anti-corruption demonstration in Bucharest in which 452 people were injured by riot police the Social Democrat led government has, in the face of domestic criticism and international scrutiny, been seeking to establish its own version of events. These diversionary tactics will, however, do nothing to resolve the mounting problems faced by … Continue reading Romania: Social Democrat Government Seeks to Change the Narrative As Pressure Mounts After Protests

Romania: Protests Continue After Leftist Government Uses Violence Against Opposition Demonstration

On 10 August hundreds were injured in Bucharest when the authorities used violence against an anti-government protest. This move may, however, rebound on the leftist government as it produces a strengthened opposition, and an on-going anti-corruption protest movement. Violence on Victory Square: On 10 August the protestors had begun to gather on Victory Square in … Continue reading Romania: Protests Continue After Leftist Government Uses Violence Against Opposition Demonstration