Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests against president intensify

Hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, clashing with police who fired tear gas during the fourth night of protests against the president's increasingly authoritarian rule.

Demonstrators — who were defying a ban on mass gatherings amid a spike in COVID-19 infections — threw bottles, rocks and flares at the police guarding the domed parliament building in central Belgrade and removed the metal fences in front of it.

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