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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 9 PM), March 2, 1997

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    NEWS BY 9 PM


    Belgrade students marched for the 101st day on Sunday to Belgrade
    rail and bus stations and the Yugoslav Airline terminal in the
    Slavija Hotel. The march, dubbed ``waiting for the future,'' was
    intended as an illustration of the Yugoslav ``brain drain'' and
    that the future of most students now lay abroad.

    At a subsequent rally in front of the School of Philosophy
    students listened as representatives read the Charter for
    University Autonomy, adopted earlier by the newly established
    University Assembly of Serbia, FoNet reported.


    Belgrade University Council for the Defence of Democracy said on
    Sunday that council members had finally decided to take decisions
    about the University's future into their own hands and that they
    had waited long enough for Serbian authorities to resolve the
    ongoing dispute with students.

    The Council stated that teaching would only resume once all
    student demands had been met. They also stressed that the
    responsibility for the delay in the resumption of the teaching lay
    exclusively with University Chancellor Dragutin Velickovic and
    Student Vice-Chancellor Vojin Dimitrijevic.


    Serbian authorities ignored pleas from refugees accommodated at
    Belgrade's hotel 'Prag' to allow them to stay and began to move
    them on Sunday. The more than 60 Serb refugees from Bosnia and
    Croatia were resisting attempts to relocate them in cheaper
    residences in provincial Serbia. Many of those refugees are
    physically disabled and said it was inhuman to send them to
    housing which lacked basic amenities. The Serbian Commissariat for
    Refugees decided to move the refugees from Hotel ``Prag'' as a
    result of government cuts to the refugee budget.


    Tomislav Dadic, general manager of the company ``NIN,'' announced
    on Sunday that the company's Managing Board had decided to hold an
    open competition for the post of Editor in Chief.

    Mr. Dadic added that, in accordance with ``NIN'''s statute, the
    Editorial Board would choose the final candidate, BETA reported.

    The decision follows the unexplained demotion on Friday of NIN's
    current Editor in Chief Dusan Velickovic and the appointment of
    Milivoj Glisic, one of the weekly's collegium, as acting Editor in

    Dragan Bujosevic, Assistant Editor in Chief, told Radio B92 on
    Sunday that the newly-appointed acting Editor in Chief had already
    proved incapable of meeting elementary journalistic standards. Mr.
    Bujosevic added that the Editorial Board was not ready to accept
    the replacement of Mr. Velickovic as only editorial staff, not the
    managing board, had the legal right to replace the magazine's
    editor in chief.


    The Nis branch of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) elected a
    new City Board on Sunday. 80% of the newly appointed board-members
    were new faces. Zivota Zivkovic, a lecturer at the University of
    Nis, was elected as the Board's chair.

    Tomica Raicevic, member of the SPS Managing Board, stressed that
    it was necessary to reshuffle SPS branches in those cities where
    the party had failed to win local elections last November, FoNet


    Newly-appointed US Defence Secretary William Cohen is to start his
    first European tour on Tuesday. He is expected to confirm to
    European allies that the US intend to withdraw their troops from
    the peace forces in Bosnia by mid 1998, as planned, Reuters and
    FoNet reported on Sunday. Mr. Cohen is to visit some 8,000 US
    soldiers at the Tuzla base of the Bosnian Security Forces on

    Prepared by: Marija Milosavljevic
    Edited by: Julia Glyn-Pickett

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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