Regional Overview: Europe
19-25 April 2020

Last week, demonstration event numbers remained low across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. Most demonstrations were held over government measures relating to the coronavirus crisis. Notable were protests and riots by members of the Romani community in Bulgaria and Romania, who face stigmatization and are disproportionately targeted by quarantine measures. In Bosnia…

Regional Overview: Europe
12-18 April 2020

Last week, demonstrations in Southeastern Europe increased, with traders, healthcare workers, and Romani minorities demonstrating over lack of government support during the coronavirus crisis. Several demonstrations were also held in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Russia, in particular over government measures relating to the coronavirus. A handful of violent incidents were also reported relating to…

Regional Overview: Europe
29 March-4 April 2020

Last week, demonstration activity throughout the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia remained low due to coronavirus measures banning public gatherings. Despite the bans, a handful of demonstrations were held, primarily over coronavirus-related issues. In Kosovo, villagers of Podujeva protested against the quarantine of the entire town. In Greece, Romani Christian Orthodox protesters rallied…

Regional Overview: Europe
22-28 March 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe declined significantly as restrictive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus prevented many protest gatherings. A handful of protests were reported over restrictive government measures and over material shortages resulting from the coronavirus pandemic in Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. The parliament in Kosovo ousted the government…

Regional Overview: Europe
15-21 March 2020

Last week, demonstration events in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe and Eastern Europe decreased sharply to no more than a dozen demonstrations. This is a three-quarter decrease compared to the weekly average this year. The decrease comes after governments across the region enacted measures banning public gatherings, including demonstrations, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In…

Regional Overview: Europe
8-14 March 2020

Last week, dozens of protest marches for women’s rights were held on International Women’s Day on 8 March across the Balkans, Southeastern Europe and Eastern Europe. Governments across these regions also took action to limit the spread of coronavirus, including measures that limit or ban public gatherings. The measures are expected to significantly reduce the…

Regional Overview: Europe
1-7 March 2020

Last week, demonstrations in the Balkans, Southeastern and Eastern Europe continued at similar levels and over the same issues as weeks prior. Key developments were violent clashes between migrants and Greek security forces at the Greek-Turkish border, demonstrations of veterans in Moldova, and a government reshuffle in Ukraine. In Serbia, citizens continued anti-government demonstrations calling…

Regional Overview: Europe 9-15 February 2020

Last week, demonstration events remained high in the Balkans and Southeastern Europe, in particular in Montenegro, Albania and Greece. In Eastern Europe, including in Ukraine and Russia, demonstrations increased in comparison to previous weeks, yet remain relatively low compared to previous months. In Montenegro, the eighth week of mass protests by Serbian Orthodox Church followers…