News agencies estimate that nearly a million people attended the Orthodox
New Year's Eve celebration organized by the Coalition Zajedno and the
Belgrade Student Protest.
The gathering was addressed by some of the most prominent public figures and was followed by the rock concert. At the stroke of midnight, video message by His Holiness Patriarch Pavle was shown and the leaders of the Coalition Zajedno, Vuk Draskovic and Zoran Djindjic expressed their best wishes to the this magnificent gathering.
In Prokuplje and Vinca, two small towns in Serbia, the police beat two Zajedno supporters during the New Year's celebration, stated Ivan Kovacevic.
Today, after the press conference held by the chairman of Belgrade city electoral commission, leader of the Coalition Zajedno, Vuk Draskovic commented the announcement of the Commission.
"Today's decision of the Belgrade electoral commission could be a step towards sanity. But, we must be very careful how to judge their conclusions and see if it Is not yet another Milosevic's trick. We are going to see how the SPS will react in the next few days and if they are going to submit an appeal to the electoral commission."
If the regime reinstates all the results of November 17 elections, Coalition Zajedno will cease to demonstrate peacefully, stated Draskovic.
Vuk Draskovic concluded his statement by saying that Coalition Zajedno will continue to fight for the deblockade of the media, state television and radio and free, responsible journalism.