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More than twenty injured on Wednesday's demonstrations

BELGRADE, Thursday -- More than twenty people, including several journalists and five policemen were injured last night when police blocked a protest march of about 20,000 Belgraders. Social Democracy Vice President Slobodan Orlic, New Serbia Vice President Vladimir Gavaric and another ten protesters were arrested during the attempted march to the Belgrade suburb of Dedinje where Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic lives and works. All are still in custody and criminal proceedings are pending. Representatives of all opposition parties in Serbia today condemned the authorities over the police intervention against demonstrators. Representatives of the Alliance for Change coalition which organised the demonstration said today the protest was a great success and announced that the routes of protest marches would not be announced in future. One Alliance leader, Milan St Protic, told B2-92 that Milosevic was ready to use any degree of force to stop the people's resistance. The Democratic Party of Serbia described Milosevic of being prepared to fight "to the last Serb" for the preservation of power.

Source: B92

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