Several thousand people have surrounded Serbia’s state TV building during anti-government protests requesting more media freedom in the Balkan country.

The crowd booed and jeered for one hour Saturday outside the TV building in central Belgrade to express their discontent with what they say is the station’s biased reporting.

The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months, urging more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader President Aleksandar Vucic.

People hold a poster of populist President Aleksandar Vucic depicted as the character Pinocchio during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People hold a poster of populist President Aleksandar Vucic depicted as the character Pinocchio during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The protests started last December after assailants beat up an opposition politician. Opponents have accused Vucic’s government of fostering hate speech and divisions while curbing democratic freedoms.

Vucic has denied the accusations. He is a former extreme nationalist who now says he wants to lead Serbia into the European Union.

People hold a banner that reads: ''#1out of 5 million'' during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People hold a banner that reads: ”#1out of 5 million” during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man holds a Serbian flag during a protest at Belgrade's Terazije square, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man holds a Serbian flag during a protest at Belgrade’s Terazije square, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man holds a Serbian flag during a protest march in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months seeking more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A man holds a Serbian flag during a protest march in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months seeking more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People march during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months seeking more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People march during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months seeking more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People march during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months seeking more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
People march during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The demonstrations in Serbia have lasted for three months seeking more democracy in the Balkan country that is firmly under control of the populist leader Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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