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Protests in Serbia Archive
Some quotes

B o s N e t - December 2, 1996

Taken from the Week in Quotes

Protest In Serbia

They teach us to think for ourselves here at universities but now Sloba and his mates expect us to switch off our brains when they speak. Only a five-year-old would be fooled by this.

Philosophy Student Belgrade

A Communist tyrant, humiliated in elections, annuls the results. When huge crowds demonstrate against his corrupt rule, he silences press and television coverage of the protests. And through the crisis no senior official of the United States Government deplores the tyrant's suppression of democracy and freedom.

That is the strange record of the Clinton Administration's response to events in Serbia these last two weeks. As the Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic, acted out the part of a shameless dictator, we heard not a word from President Clinton or his top national security officials.

Anthony Lewis, New York Times

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

They (the opposition) are causing disorder, destroying the property of citizens and jeopardising the lives of children by using young people as pawns in the marches.

You should remember when Hitler came to power. It was the same scenario.

Milosevic front-man Dragan Tomic, speaker of the Serbian parliament, on state-controlled Television December 1.

The demonstrators themselves were surprised at how they controlled the city. "Even a month ago, I couldn't have believed this could be possible. I found the citizens of Belgrade so disgusting." A mother taking part in the march with her daughter told us.

Liberation November 30- 1 December

I have enough of this regime. Enough of the lack of freedom. Enough of not being able not to walk alone at night without being attacked by rival gangs.

Milika Librarian, National Library Liberation November 30-1 December

"He (opposition leader and Mayor -elect of Belgrade Zoran Djindjic) is not interested in moral stances," said Dragoljub Micunovic, Djindjic's former political mentor. The two fell out in 1993, when Djindjic embraced the cause of Serbian nationalism. "We fought bitterly over whether it was correct to have our party embrace Serbian nationalism, something we had all opposed. I rejected this on moral grounds. Djindjic said that if I wanted to pursue morality I was better off in a church."

The about-face led Djindjic to organize demonstrations against the NATO bombing of Bosnian Serb army positions around Sarajevo last year, and to campaign in Serbian-held Bosnia for Radovan Karadzic's ruling Serbian Democratic Party.

New York Times December 1

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