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December 12, 1996
Twenty second day of protests in Belgrade
The streets and squares of Belgrade saw even larger crowds of
demonstrators than in the privios three weeks. People were marching
peacefully, following the usual route and reaching finally the
Square of Liberty, where the leaders of the coalition Yajedno
addressed the meeting. Speeches were also made by Aleksandar Baljak,
writer and aphorist, and Rade Radovanovic, who spoke on behalf of
the Trade Union Association "Independence", saying that members of
this association give their full moral support to demonstrators and
adding that they would soon join the protesters in the streets.
Vuk Draskovic, president of the Serbian Renewal Movement, said:
"In our current struggle there are no casualties, no machine-guns or
bombs, so there is no retreat. We can only go forward in our day-to-
day struggle for democracy."
Student letter to dr. Mira Markovic, wife of Serbia`s president,
ideologist of Yugoslav communists
Students of the Belgrade University of Arts have sent an open
letter to Mrs. Mira Markovic reacting to her comments on students`
demonstrations lasting over the few weeks in Belgrade, insinuating
it was a case of children`s abuse by some political parties.
"We take this opportunity to remind you of the manipulations and
abuse of children and youth practised by leftist parties at the
promotions of your party and the ruling Socialist Party of Serbia."
In this letter are also given dates and occasions when the youth
took part in various promotions of the leftist parties. According to
the UN Charter on children`s right, the students warn, "every man,
regardlles of age, has the right to express his opinion in a
Milosevic`s terror continues
Despite his promises that there would be no detonations of
participants of peaceful demonstrations, Milosevic`s repression and
terror continue against people who peacefully protest against
annulment of the results of local elections.
At the meeting yesterday, four policemen beat up Gojko Baletic,
a well-known actor. After he had been knocked unconscious, he was
handcuffed and driven away in a police car.
Accordingly, detention and beating up of the young Dejan Bulatovic was not an excess, it only reveals the intetion of Milosevic`s police to scare the people by beating up demonstrators.
Socialists` revenge in Bela Crkva
A recent case is of the revenge taken by the defeated
socialists in Bela Crkva. Nenad Marila, driver, employed by the
transport company "Stup", vice-president of the SRM Regional
Committee in Bela Crkva, who had in the first polling round outvoted
his opponent Milorad Djuraskovic, member of the Socialist Party and
mayor of Bela Crkva - got the sack. The document was signed by Milan
According to SRM Information Service, Marila refused to
SRM INFORMATION SERVICE