Daily information December, 13th 1996.
Today's protest ended with the usual rally along the streets of Nis.
A famous DJ Spirko, on top of the truck, heavily armed with
amplifiers, loudspeakers and light-show equipment, was at the head of
the rally. Free television of Nis broadcasted a short informative
Nis: Civic protest - Beside the citizens who demonstrate their support in the cities all around Serbia, the weather was on the side of the citizens of Nis as well. Over 25000 people who gathered at the Square of liberty on a sunny day, for the 26th time expressed their disapproval due to theft and forgeries after the second round of elections.
"People are a source of power, and all the power must be brought back to them. People elect and people discharge. Authorities must not elect themselves. And that is what the present authority is trying to accomplish"Zoran Cvejic, spokesman of Serbian Liberal Party said.
Dragisa Velkovic, an actor of the National Theater in Nis, read the announcement of the Association of Drama artists of Serbia concerning the arrest of Mr. Baletic, a Belgrade actor. "Four weeks ago the whole world considered the Serbian people responsible for the calamities it faced, today all the world media, thanks to courageous and dignified struggle, applaud and admire the Serbian people", Dusan Bajec, MP from Belgrade, said and added: "Dear citizens of Nis, all this we have accomplished in four weeks' time".
Milan Komnenic, Vice President of SRM, began his speech with these words: "The great city, my dear friends, once again I bow before your magnificent and persistent resistance to dictatorship and unlawfulness. I greet wonderful youth of Nis, the students who demonstrate how the Serbian land is set free, inch by inch". He added: "I want to tell you that the city of Nis is presented in the world media as the main fortress in the struggle for democracy. It is easy for us in Belgrade, as long as we have you here in Nis".
Nis: Student protest - Before the meeting, at 1 p.m. Nis University students occupied the Youth bridge and proclaimed The Student Autonomous Region (SAO) Youth. "Nis is free!" was the rallying cry of a few thousands students. As a passport of this autonomous region, students' index was recognized. Passers-by were given visas to enter and leave the "students' country".
Nis: Political abuse at school - Bosko Stojanovic, the headmaster of
a technical school "Nikola Tesla" in Nis, gave an order to all the
4th year class teachers to call the parent meetings. The class
teachers were told to urge the parents to force their children not to
attend the protest against the election fraud with the explanation
that the children could be "politically abused". Since the 4th year
students are of age, we wonder if the headmaster is trying to turn the
parents into the agitators for the same political cause he himself
At school, headmaster Stojanovic distributes propaganda material of Socialist Party (badges and alike), openly showing what he considers to be "political abuse". By the way, Stojanovic is a close relative of Mile Ilic, discharged head of Socialist Party in Nis.