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Serbian soldiers, police protest in over low wages

  • People look through the windows of a tram as it drives by the government building during a protest of Serbian police and army in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    People look through the windows of a tram as it drives by the government building during a protest of Serbian police and army in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man crosses a street holding a banner that reads: "There is no justice in Serbia" before a protest of Serbian police and army in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A man crosses a street holding a banner that reads: "There is no justice in Serbia" before a protest of Serbian police and army in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester holds a Serbian flag during a protest of Serbian police and army in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A protester holds a Serbian flag during a protest of Serbian police and army in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

Several hundred members of the Serbian police and army have staged a protest complaining of low wages and poor living standards.

Dressed in civilian clothes, the protesters gathered Sunday in front of the Serbian government headquarters, holding Serbian flags and banners. One banner read: "There is no justice in Serbia."

The gathering was the second in two weeks, reflecting problems the Serbian government faces amid efforts to cut public spending as part of austerity measures.

Serbia's Interior and Defense ministries said in a joint statement that protests aren't the way to deal with problems in the country. They added that solutions can be found only "in accordance with reality."

Police and army unions behind the protests have claimed army and police members have faced pressure not to join.