Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who was a subject of mockery for weeks on social networks because he decided in his age of 48 to “voluntarily” serve a military service of 15 days even though he was registered as unable for it in his youth, would start a hunger strike in Serbian Parliament on Friday.
This was another extraordinary move of the controversial Minister and his contribution to the political history considering that the stated reason for the protest was the alleged violence “by [the leaders of the opposition Alliance for Serbia block] Bosko Obradovic, Dragan Djilas and Vuk Jeremic”.
Even though it remained unknown if someone in power started a hunger strike against the opposition in history, Vulin would be joined by approximately thirty MPs from the ruling coalition in the Parliament, and they would also be joined by a few counselors from Belgrade Assembly, led by the informal Mayor Goran Vesic.
Vulin already organized a similar protest when he started a hunger strike in detention in 2003.
He was then arrested after the conflict on the protest after the arrest and extradition of Colonel of Army of Yugoslavia Veselin Sljivancanin to The Hague Tribunal.
Sljivancanin was later sentenced at the court for war crimes during the war in Croatia.
Addressing of Defense Minister was scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said, after Vulin’s decision, that the violence escalated in Serbia because of a part of the opposition and this was just Vulin’s way of fighting against it.
“Everyone has their own way. The violence in Serbia has escalated, caused absolutely and undoubtedly by the part of the opposition gathered around Alliance for Serbia”, the Prime Minister said.