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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 3 PM), February 21, 1997

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    NEWS BY 3 PM


    The opening session of the Belgrade City Assembly begun on Friday
    morning. The final constitution of seats was 69 to Zajedno, 23 to
    the Socialist Party and JUL, 15 to the Radical Party and 2 to the
    Democratic Party of Serbia. Democratic Party leader Zoran Djindjic
    was elected mayor of Belgrade.


    Representatives of the Student Protest 96/97 on Friday met the
    Serbian Minister of Education Jovo Todorovic at his invitation.
    One of the student representatives told the media after the
    meeting that Minister Todorovic had merely reiterated Belgrade
    University Chancellor Dragutin Velickovic's promise to resign if
    the students went back to lectures. Cedomir Jovanovic, a member of
    the Student Protest's Steering Board, told Radio B92 after the
    meeting that the Student Protest would probably modify its protest
    now that the first of their demands, the full reinstatement of the
    electoral results, had been met.


    Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Thursday announced
    that the Montenegrin Government was preparing alternative
    programmes for establishing its own blateral relations with the
    international community.

    Mr. Djukanovic said that the Republic of Serbia had, contrary to
    Montenegrin expectations, created new problems over the local
    elections rather than eliminating political justifications for the
    upholding of the outer wall of sanctions and offering full
    cooperation to the international community.

    Mr. Djukanovic said that Montenegro must keep up its pressure on
    the Yugoslav and Serbian Governments to solve the political
    problems urgently, fully and democratically, lest the unfavourable
    status of FR Yugoslavia should contunue.

    In addition to this, Mr. Djukanovic stated, the Montenegrin
    Government was preparing an alternative programme for establishing
    its own relations with the international organizations. Mr.
    Djukanovic said that Montenegro should capitalise on the
    advantages it had achieved by ownership transformation.


    The Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes carried an article on
    Friday, saying that the villages in Serbia had no interest in the
    goings-on in Belgrade. The article reported that the independent
    electronic media could not reach these areas and the only
    information they had received about the protests at the November
    electoral fraud was through the state media. The article said that
    the vast majority of the villagers had cast their votes for
    Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's party in the recent local
    elections and still supported him.


    Four Croatian opposition parties have agreed to run as a coalition
    for the forthcoming local elections in Zagreb, AFP reports. The
    coalition will include the Croat Social-Liberal Party, the Social-
    Democratic Party, the Croat People's Party and the Croat
    Christian-Democratic Union. The local elections in Croatia are set
    for April 13. The opposition won a majority in the Zagreb City
    Assembly in the 1995 local elections, but Croatian President
    Franjo Tudjman has four times blocked the election of an
    opposition Mayor of Zagreb.


    SFOR, the Stabilization Force in Bosnia Herzegovina, announced on
    Friday that one of their armoured vehicles had been hit by an
    anti-tank rocket early on Friday morning, AFP reports. The
    incident occurred on the former demarcation line in Mostar and no
    casualties have been reported. The unnamed spokesman for SFOR
    stated that the rocket had come from the West Croat-conrolled)
    bank of the Neretva river.


    Croat authorities in Mostar will prosecute 6 Croat policemen in
    connection with the February 10 attack on Muslims in the town. The
    attack resulted in one eath and 22 other casualties. According to
    witnesses and photographs in possession of the SFO, several Croat
    policemen stood by whole a group of men armed with guns and sticks
    attacked a Muslim procession.

    Prepared by: Marija Milosavljevic
    Edited by: Steve Agnew

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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