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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 5 PM), February 20, 1997

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    NEWS BY 5 PM


    Thousands of Belgrade University students marched for the 91st
    successive day on Thursday. The students walked to where hundreds
    of teachers were protesting in front of the Serbian governments at
    the non-payment of overdue salaries. The students then continued
    on to the banks of the river Danube where they inacted a symbolic
    fishing ritual to ``Fish the (absent) Chancellor'' out of the
    water. A Socialist party membership card was used as bait for the
    Chancellor who has been ``missing'' from the University for more
    than a week.

    The students plan to search for the Chancellor in space by looking
    for him from the Belgrade Observatory on Friday.


    Head of the Executive Board of the Civic Alliance of Serbia Dragor
    Hiber stated on Thursday that the member parties of the Zajedno
    opposition coalition would soon make public a new agreement on the
    mutual relations of the three parties.

    That agreement will define how the different parties would run in
    the next elections and division of power in opposition-controlled
    local constituencies.

    Mr. Hiber added that although those agreements were not perfect,
    the Civic Alliance of Serbia would sign them. Mr. Hiber also
    announced that the new local authorities would auction off an
    expensive Belgrade car-park, used solely by local politicians, and
    use the proceeds for a new social fund. ``We will examine
    carefully all bank accounts and financial documents in the local
    constituencies to make everything clear and open. We will also
    examine the legal basis for the privatization of Radio Television
    Studio B, and try to return it to give its original owners.
    However, if we find that Studio B was not privatized in accordance
    with the law, the station will have to remain the property of
    Belgrade City Assembly.''


    President of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) Vojislav Seselj
    announced on Thursday that his party would veto the candidacy of
    opposition leader Zoran Djindjic for Belgrade mayor. The vote is
    to be cast during Friday's constitutional session of the Belgrade
    City Assembly.

    ``No Serb with any honour would ever vote for Djindjic. He is the
    main Serbian link to the West and an open German agent. Everything
    he does, he does under instruction the from German Intelligence
    Service,'' stated Mr. Seselj at a news conference on Thursday.

    Mr. Seselj then went on to attack US Head of Mission in Belgrade
    Richard Miles: ``Mr. Miles has displayed the essence of American
    policy towards Serbia and its people. Americans continue to meddle
    in the internal affairs of Serbia, to attempt to take Kosovo away
    from Serbia and to support particular political parties. The
    American appetite grows bigger by the day. That is why we came to
    blows with Slobodan Milosevic in 1993, and such clashes can only
    be brought to an end if we end Milosevic's rule.''

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

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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