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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
    Odraz B92 vesti (by 1 PM), January 10, 1997

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    NEWS BY 1 PM


    Yesterday, students made their protest walk down the streets of
    Belgrade during the night. They were supported by many prominent
    Serbian theater and film actors, who sang and danced with the
    crowd. Two women students raised their short skirts in a good-
    natured taunt aimed at the policemen, while some of the other
    students played soccer and even chess. Many Belgraders brought
    food, drinks and blankets for the students. The walk began at
    about 1 a.m., when the police cordons definitely left the street,
    and ended around 4:30 a.m. in front of Serbian government's
    building. A student delegation handed in their letter for the
    Prime Minister, Mirko Marjanovic, in which they demand from him to
    move the police lines off the streets. Students said that their
    letter was officially accepted and is going through the normal

    A single incident happened during the walk. A car drove into the
    crowd and hurt three people, an eleven-year old girl and two
    students. According to the medical board of the Student Protest,
    the injuries are not serious and have already been treated in
    Belgrade hospitals. The students' security people detained the two
    young men who were in the car until the police arrived on the
    scene. No student protest is scheduled for today; because of the
    long and exhausting walk last night, the next protest action has
    been announced for 6 p.m. tomorrow.


    Today's issue of the Belgrade daily Dnevni Telegraf says that
    Pavle Bulatovic will be nominated as the Socialist Party's
    candidate for the President of Yugoslavia. Zoran Lilic, the
    current President, will move to the position of Yugoslavia's Prime
    Minister. Radoje Kontic, the incumbent Prime Minister, will take
    the post of the Governor of the National Bank. The new Federal
    Parliament speaker will probably be Svetozar Marovic, from
    Montenegro, says today's Dnevni Telegraf.


    Today's issue of the Belgrade daily Blic says that Zoran
    Todorovic, general secretary of the Yugoslav United Left (JUL), is
    preparing to resign from his function. Blic also says that JUL
    wanted to deny that information and postpone the discussion ``for
    quieter times.'' Todorovic's decision to resign came after the
    conflict within JUL between ``hard-liners'' and ``soft-liners'' at
    JUL's management meeting a few days ago. It was reported that Mira
    Markovic, head of JUL and Milosevic's wife, took no sides in that


    Athens media have announced that Greek foreign minister Theodoros
    Pangalos will arrive in Belgrade this Sunday on an information
    gathering visit, reports FoNet. The Greek Ministry of Foreign
    Affairs has neither confirmed nor denied this information. As of
    now, it is unclear whom will Pangalos see while in Belgrade, but
    the Greek media say that he will hold meetings with both sides,
    i.e. the authorities and the coalition Zajedno leaders.


    Spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Genadiy
    Tarasov, has stated that Russia's attitude towards the events in
    Serbia remains unchanged and that the two sides, the authorities
    and the opposition, should find a way out of the current situation
    by means of dialogue, reports FoNet. Asked if Russia sees the
    events in Serbia as a dispute about local elections or as a
    popular movement for democratic changes, Tarasov said that Russia
    will make no judgments about those events. He also gave credit to
    Serbian authorities for ``behaving constructively.''  ``We can
    see, from to the facts about the situation in the city of Nis,
    that the authorities are working on clearing up the situation,''
    said Tarasov.


    Deputy foreign minister of Yugoslavia Zivadin Jovanovic yesterday
    received the emissay of the French Ministry of foreign affairs.
    Belgrade official media reported that that the meeting focused on
    the bilateral relations between France and Yugoslavia. French
    foreign ministry has stated that the main task of their
    representative is to tell Serbian authorities that ``the
    conclusions of the OSCE must be respected.''


    A six-member delegation of the U.S. Congress is to come to FR
    Yugoslavia for a visit to Montenegro. The American congressmen
    will have a stopover in Belgrade, where they will talk to Yugoslav
    foreign minister Milan Milutinovic and also to the leaders of the
    coalition Zajedno. The delegation announced that the main purpose
    of those talks will be to give ``encouragement to the democratic
    process and insist on the reinstatement of the election results
    from November 17, as recommended by the OSCE.''

    Prepared by: Aleksandra Scepanovic
    Edited by: Vaska Andjelkovic (Tumir)

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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