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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 4 PM), February 27, 1997

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    NEWS BY 4 PM


    Deans and Institute managers from the University of Belgrade who
    came to the session of the Teaching Council planned for Thursday
    found the Rectory's door locked. A patrol car was in front of the
    Rectory building and some professors claimed that there were also
    some policemen in plain clothes inside the Rectory. Deans decided
    to hold their session in the School of Philosophy. Students from
    the University of Belgrade gathered in front of the School of
    Philosophy on Thursday, and they plan to walk to the Ministry of
    Education's offices. There they will hand in legal charges against
    a professor from the School of Geography, Mira Markovic (Head of
    Yugoslav Left and wife of Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic,)
    because she does not fulfill her obligations at the University.


    The President of the Serbian Renewal Movement and one of the
    Zajedno coalition leaders, Vuk Draskovic, said that the Zajedno
    leaders, in their talks with British politicians, were seeking not
    only verbal and diplomatic, but also material support for the
    constituencies in which the Zajedno won in the elections, says
    Radio BBC's news service in Serbian. Mr. Draskovic said he feared
    that the Serbian government would impose ``internal economic
    sanctions'' on the cities where the opposition had won, and thus
    try to discredit local authorities in the year of the
    parliamentary and presidential elections. On internal relations
    within the Zajedno, Mr. Draskovic said: ``Even if we did not want
    to be together, we would have to be together.'' Vesna Pesic said
    that Zajedno represented the real interests of Serbia and its
    people. ``Those interests lie in quick steps towards the
    democratization of Serbia and the start of social and economic
    reforms'' she said. She denied that new local opposition
    authorities are indulging in revenge politics. ``When someone
    steals something, and goes to jail for that, or when someone
    illegally earned money and is brought before a court of law for
    that, then it is not revenge,'' said Mrs. Pesic.


    A delegation from the European Parliament which recently visited
    Belgrade has called on the European Union (EU) to help Yugoslavia
    to overcome the crisis, FoNet reports. One of the delegate, Hanes
    Svoboda, said that the delegation has drafted a programme of aid
    and a proposal that the EU demands equal treatment for politicians
    on all sides in Yugoslavia.


    The Zajedno coalition leaders visited Yugoslav crown prince
    Aleksandar Karadjordjevic in London on Wednesday, and invited him
    to visit Serbia, FoNet reports. The President of the Serbian
    Renewal Movement, Vuk Draskovic, said that the prince should
    return to his throne in Serbia and that Serbia should be a
    monarchy. The Crown Prince would play the same role as Juan Carlos
    in Spain, and make the transformation from a dictatorship into a
    democracy easier, claimed Draskovic. ``Serbia needs its Juan
    Carlos, and he lives in this city [London]. It is a national
    disgrace that he still has the status of a refugee, he has not got
    Serbian citizenship and his private property is in the hands of
    communist rulers,'' said Mr. Draskovic. He went on to say that
    ``Serbian people will decide on what kind of the state they want
    to live in: monarchy or republic.'' Crown Prince Aleksandar
    Karadjordjevic said that he had talked to the Zajedno leaders
    about the need for Western help for the Serbian people, who had
    undergone economic troubles, and also about democracy, human
    rights and freedom of the media in Serbia.


    The Leader of the Serbian Radical Party, Vojislav Seselj, on
    Thursday accused the Zajedno coalition of having no intention to
    abolish the city tax of 3 per cent, although they pledged to do so
    during their election campaign, Beta reports. He also said that
    the City Council had no legal right to appoint the Managing Board
    of Studio B television was and that members of his party would not
    participate in any illegal acts carried out by the Council.
    Speaking about relations between Serbia and Montenegro, Mr. Seselj
    said that Americans ``meddled in'' them and that ``some
    Montenegrin politicians are working towards the separation of
    Montenegro. One part of the Montenegrin government opposes that,
    so divisions among the authorities are very probable,'' Beta


    The manager of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Vojin
    Dimitrijevic, stated that the mysterious disappearance of
    passengers from the train going from Belgrade to Bar in 1993 was
    an enormous scandal, especially because the mystery was still
    officially unsolved. That fact meant that Yugoslavia was included
    in the group of countries where there are severe breaches of human
    rights, including mysterious disappearances of citizens. No one
    knows anything about the fate of those people, not even the
    location of their graves, said Mr. Dimitrijevic. It is now four
    years since the mysterious kidnapping of 19 Yugoslav citizens from
    the Belgrade-Bar train, at the station of Strpci.

    Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
    Edited by: Mary Anne Wood

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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