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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 6 PM), January 24, 1997

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    NEWS BY 6 PM


    Belgrade musicians today mounted their own ``jazz protest'' --
    playing jazz favourites in front of the police cordon in central
    Belgrade. Brass and woodwind musicians joined the event, calling
    it ``Jazzers Will Blow Away The Cordon.''  One of the musicians
    told Radio B92: ``After a sound like this, any normal person would
    run away, but these policemen are still standing here, which means
    we must repeat the process.'' Some journalists from the state
    controlled media chain Politika, and theatre and TV artists will
    join students protesting in front of the police cordon on


    Students in the town of Kragujevac have condemned police action in
    which eyewitnesses say several people were beaten. The steering
    Board of the Student Protest called the police behaviour
    ``primitive.''  ``The police once again proved their one-party
    allegiance. They are not a national institution, but are loyal to
    a dictator [President Milosevic],'' a statement said.


    Employees at Belgrade's National Museum have sent a message of
    support to the student protest. The employees are to stand in
    front of the police cordon with a question: ``We guard the
    spiritual treasure of this country, what do You do?''


    The chief prosecutor of the Hague tribunal, Louise Arbour, has
    been on her first visit to Yugoslavia. She told a news conference
    that the Yugoslav federal government no longer believed there was
    any legal or constitutional impediment to the extradition of Hague
    suspects. Three Yugoslav citizens currently face Hague indictments
    -- all in connection with the alleged Vukovar hospital massacre in
    1991. Judge Arbour told reporters she was ``guardedly optimistic''
    about the prospects of extraditing suspects from Yugoslav
    territory. However, western diplomats in Belgrade said there was
    in reality little propect that President Milosevic would allow any
    extraditions. Judge Arbour was speaking after talks with the
    Federal Minister of Justice, Vladimir Krivokapic, who said he
    hoped ``objectivity'' would prevail in the Tribunal's work.


    The leader of the French far-right National Front party, Jean
    Marie Le Penn, says he is ``completely against the fixing of
    election results'' in Serbia. ``The mask of apparently democratic
    regime of Mr Milosevic has cracked,'' he told a news conference in
    Belgrade on Friday. ``I would not be surprised if that manoeuvre
    happens again in the Presidential or Republican elections.''  Mr
    Le Penn was visiting Serbia as a guest of the Serbian Radical
    Party, led by Vojislav Seselj, who is not supporting the street
    protest. Mr Le Penn said he had a ``deep understanding'' both for
    the tactics of Mr Seselj and of the demonstrators. However he
    declined to visit the student protest.

    Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
    Edited by: Mary Anne Wood

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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