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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 11 PM), February 14, 1997

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    NEWS BY 11 PM


    Opposition leader Vuk Draskovic welcomed the speedy implementation
    of the 'lex specialis' at Zajedno's 87th successive protest rally
    in central Belgrade. Opposition leader Zoran Djindjic told tens of
    thousands of Belgraders that Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic
    had retreated to the Federal President. ``Let him go -- people
    live in the cities, not in Federal Government,'' Mr. Djindjic

    Opposition leader Vesna Pesic called on citizens not to go back
    ``to sleep'' once the street protests were over. She emphasized
    that Zajedno's long-term goal was victory in the Republic
    elections and that ``there was lot of work still left to do.''

    The Zajedno coalition issued a statement in which they accepted
    that the special law had been implemented in accordance with the
    original electoral minutes, except for a small number of seats in
    some constituencies.


    Representatives of Student Protest 96/97 stated that several
    policemen had beaten the driver of a student-owned ambulance on
    Friday after that vehicle grazed the bumper of a police car.


    Negotiations between hundreds of striking teachers and the Serbian
    government broke down for the second time on Friday afternoon. The
    government had only offered to pay teachers the first half of
    overdue January salaries immediately and the second half in a
    month's time.

    Newly elected Minister for Family Welfare Bratislava Morina
    refused to meet a delegation of striking day-nursery workers as
    ``she had not yet been given her job description.''

    The Serbian government rejected outright the teachers' demand for
    a pay rise. Teachers announced new protests for Monday.


    The disputed Bosnian town of Brcko will remain under international
    supervision for another year until March 15,1998, AFP reported on
    Friday. The Brcko Arbitration Committee delayed the final decision
    on the future control of that town in Rome on Friday. A new
    international supervisor for Brcko will also be appointed soon.

    That supervisor will have the authority to announce regulations
    and legal rules which would serve as local laws. Local
    authorities, including law courts and police forces, will have to
    obey those regulations.

    The new international representative will also supervise local
    elections next year as well as the return of all refugees to their

    Serb Member of the Bosnian Presidency, Momcilo Krajisnik said that
    the delay was not acceptable to either 'Republika Srpska' (RS) or
    the Muslim-Croat Federation. Mr. Krajisnik added that Pale's final
    report would follow meetings of representatives of RS authorities
    this week.

    President of the Bosnian Presidency Alija Izetbegovic said that
    Friday's decision on Brcko ``was not just, but it was a step
    towards justice.'' He explained that ``It is not just, because the
    only just solution is that Brcko should belong to the
    Federation,'' and announced that he would resign if this did not
    happen next year.

    Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
    Edited by: Julia Glyn-Pickett

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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