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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), December 29, 1996

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    NEWS BY 11 PM


    Speaking to the Belgraders gathered for their 40th straight
    protest today, SPO leader Vuk Draskovic said that according to the
    data in the hands of the Zajedno coalition, Predrag Starcevic, the
    victim of the November 24 clashes, was killed by the police.

    Draskovic also accused the leader of the Yugoslav United Left
    (JUL), Mira Markovic, wife of Slobodan Milosevic, of calling for
    the Friday beatings. He added that Zajedno has learned from
    sources inside the ruling Socialist Party itself that JUL, Mira
    Markovic's party, is pressing for a state of emergency in the
    country. He announced that Zajedno will return all the seats it
    won in the last elections if the regime does not acknowledge
    November 17 local electoral results. If Milosevic does agree to
    ratify all of the opposition's legitimate victories, however, the
    coalition Zajedno will agree to a dialogue with Milosevic, said

    DS leader Zoran Djindjic said that Milosevic has this Friday as
    the deadline to respond to the OSCE recommendations, and that if
    he fails to do so, the international pressure on him will be
    stepped up. Opposition leaders announced that they possess records
    of conversations and photographs of all those who participated in
    the December 27 attacks on citizens and journalists on Terazije
    Square. The opposition is extremely critical of the special police
    forces in Belgrade and Novi Sad, in particular, since many members
    of these police units refused to step in and prevent the
    unprovoked assaults on numerous Belgraders, most of whom were on
    their way home when the beatings took place.


    Defying a strong police blockade, some ten thousand students of
    UofB succeeded today in holding their 37th protest march. Sending
    their message to the police, ``We shall be ubiquitous,'' the
    students formed a number of columns heading in different
    directions so that the dumbfounded police had to play hide and
    seek with them for a while. No incidents occurred, however. The
    Student Protest '96 has announced a ``driving march'' for
    tomorrow, inviting all Belgraders to come at 12 noon to the city
    center and join the student car column.


    The entire cast of the National Theater refused to appear for the
    scheduled performance of the play ``Zivot je san'' [Life is a
    Dream] tonight, in protest against the presence of massive police
    forces on the streets of Belgrade. The coalition Zajedno
    Information Center reports this is the 8th performance to be
    canceled in this theater for the same reason.


    38 opposition representatives have shut themselves in the City
    Assembly building in Zrenjanin, protesting the SPS actions which
    have prevented them from taking office in this city. These newly
    elected city officials were denied entrance to the building the
    day after they had been voted in; they were to attend the
    inaugural session of the newly constituted municipal body. In
    their next attempt on December 27, the 38 managed to get in and
    will remain inside the building until they are sworn into office.

    Prepared by: Aleksandra Scepanovic
    Edited by: Vaska Andjelkovic (Tumir)

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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