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February 2, 1997
Seventy fourth day of the protest
Yesterday on the seventy fourth day of the Belgrade demonstrations, the
outlasted the former 1989 Prague protest.
In front of over 60.000 Belgrade citizens, gathered in the main city square,
the leaders of
the Coalition ZAJEDNO spoke. The president of the Serbian Renewal Movement, Vuk
Draskovic, among other things said:
"I hope that democratic spring will come to Serbia before the calendar
spring. For that
to happen all that needs to be done is to accept the election results of 17th
November and to
unblock the media."
"The situation is desperate: no pensions, no salaries. Everybody is ahead of
Albania is ahead of us", said Vuk Draskovic and invited the protestors to come
to the protest
walk the next day with placates.
Speaking to the gathered citizens, the president of the Democratic Party,
Djindjic said that agents of the State Security Service broke into the the
editorial offices of the
daily paper "Democracy" the day before. They also broke into the flat of the
this paper to investigate why the telephone numbers of public services and
printed in the paper with an invitation to the citizens to "block" those
Speeches of the leaders of Coalition ZAJEDNO were preceded by the walks
the city. Although there were police everywhere, yesterday, on the seventy
fourth day of the
protest, everything went without incidents.
The police forbid the protest gathering in Zajecar
Yesterday, just like the last Saturday, the followers of the Coalition
ZAJEDNO were not
allowed to hold a meeting in the main city square in Zajecar. Although the
announced on time, the police prevented Zoran Kostadinovic, the member of
Parliament and the member of the Head Committee of SRM, from speaking to the
citizens and ordered the gathered people to split up. The meeting, for which
there was no
official ban, was held in the churchyard of the Presveta Bogorodica Church
(Church of Holy
Mother of God).
Editor of "Nasa Krmaca" taken in
At the order of the District Public Prosecutor's office the inspectors of the
Ministry of Interior took in the chief editor of the satirical paper "Nasa
krmaca", Petar Lazic.
Lazic was taken in for an interrogation. The purpose of the interrogation was
information about the edited photographs published in 19th issue of "Nasa
krmaca" and filing
charges on grounds of editing those photographs.
At one of the photographs the president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, was
playing with a toy- Iraqi leader, Sadam Husein.
This event represents further repression of the remaining free media.
Three Albanians killed in conflict with the police
Day before yesterday near Vucitrn (Kosovo), in armed conflict with the
citizens of Albanian nationality were killed. In the report it is said that the
killed were Zahir
Pajaziti (34) and Hakif Zejnulahu, whilst the identity of the third man is not
stated. In the
shooting three policemen were wounded as well.
"Nat West" bank refuses Milosevic
The press attache of the London "Nat West" company, Patrisha Hamzahi said
yesterday that it is
impossible to continue solving problems concerning Yugoslav debt negotiations
international monetary institutions.
As stated in the report, the company "Nat West" took over the business with
Yugoslavia in the context with the Dayton agreement, according to which FRY
started liberalization and democratization processes. But the last actions of
the government of
the FRY show clearly that they are far from practicing such a policies.
Hamzahi added that the international attitude towards Yugoslavia changed
and that the company told the Yugoslav government it is impossible for them to
solving problems concerning Yugosalav debt negotiations.
Head of the Serbian intelligence service in conflict with the
wife of Slobodan Milosevic
"Head of the Serbian State Security Service, Jovica Stanisic, is, besides the
Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, probably the most powerful man in Serbia, and is
believed to be
the link that can bring Milosevic in the connection with crimes in Bosnia and
the American weekly, "Time".
According to the weekly, Stanisic is "the most important adviser" of the
president and the one who "daily informs the president about everything, from
finance to the use of his police troops".
In the present political crisis in Serbia, Stanisic, according to "Time",
inclines to giving
in to the opposition coalition ZAJEDNO.
The "Time" concludes that it is unclear how Stanisic will answer to the
attacks on him
by Mira Markovic, but whatever his strategy might be, his moves in the follo-
wing weeks will
determine Milosevic's fate and the fate of Serbia.
Milosevic - the most corrupt balkan leader
In its analysis of the political situation on Balkan, London "Economist"
believes that the
President Milosevic is the most corrupt of all Balkan leaders, because he is
for the bloodshed after the disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of
"Economist" adds to that his leaving could only be appreciated.
Crisis in Serbia is the result of stupidity of the people at the
Former general manager of Radio-Television Serbia, Dusan Mitevic, also a
of Slobodan Milosevic and his wife, said in his interview given for the French
that crisis in Serbia is a "result of stupidity of the people within Socialist
Party of Serbia and the
"If the opposition manages to keep the people on the streets until the
beginning of the
parliamentary elections in March, there is a chance for the opposition to win
At the question how the government got into such a position, Mitevic answered
President of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic is under bad influence and has not much
choose his associates".
Mitevic said that these events in Serbia make YUL stronger and that the
between SPS and YUL have become worse.