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50,000 Protest Government in Serbia


Serbia's Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolic attends a protest rally in Belgrade, Serbia, April 16, 2011

Serbia's Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolic attends a protest rally in Belgrade, Serbia, April 16, 2011

Tens of thousands of Serbians have gathered in the capital, Belgrade, to protest against the government and call for early elections.

Some 50,000 protesters Saturday shouted "thieves" and other sayings against President Boris Tadic and members of his administration. And opposition leader, Toma Nikolic, told the crowd he was beginning a hunger strike until the government agreed to schedule elections.

Opposition against the government has been mounting as the economy suffers. There have been a number of strikes calling for higher salaries and in February 70,000 people attended an anti-government rally.

Elections are not due until next year. And the government says it will not call elections sooner, because that could slow the process for Serbia's accession into the European Union.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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