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15th February, 1997
Eighty seventh protest meeting in Belgrade
At yesterday's meeting of the Coalition ZAJEDNO supporters, Vuk Draskovic,
leader of the Serbian Renewal Movement, showed surprise that lex specialis was
actually applied in accordance with the real results of local elections of
November 17th 1996. Draskovic also said that in the distribution of the
mandates the municipalities of Novi Beograd and Mladenovac were left out. These
municipalities were not stated in the OSCE report.
Stressing that electoral theft, being a crime, does not expire, Draskovic
promised that, when Coalition ZAJEDNO wins the republic elections, the munici-
palities of Novi Beograd and Mladenovac will get all the mandates belonging to
them, and that those responsible for the theft will be prosecuted.
"If we lived in a normal country, at least the minister of the police,
judiciary and the president of the Parliament would have filed resignations,
and now the Law accepts the theft. In a normal country theft would not even be
possible", said Draskovic.
Prosecuting the police chiefs
Fund for the Human Rights brought criminal charges against the policemen who
beat up the journalists and used other forms of physical violence upon the
journalists following the protests of the citizens. These criminal charges were
brought against the police chiefs Milos Vukobrat and Petar Zekovic, and the
minister of the police Zoran Sokolovic.
The Fund accuses the police officers to have committed crimes on duty,
inflicted minor and severe injuries upon the citizens and damaged private
property. The Fund accuses the police chiefs of negligence on duty for they did
not bring criminal and disciplinary charges against the police officers, who
have overstepped their duties.
The names of many domestic and foreign reporters who were just doing their
jobs when they became victims of the police violence, were also stated in that
Deans of the Belgrade faculties spoke with the minister of
Deans of the three Belgrade Faculties: schools of Electrical Engineering,
Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering, accepted the invitation of the
newly elected Minister of Education Jova Todorovic to come for a talk in the
Ministry of Education. On that occasion, they informed the Minister of the
decisions of the Belgrade students who said that they would not start atten-
ding classes until the President of University and student Vice-President of
Belgrade University resign. On that occasion nothing specific was said. The
minister only said that he should see what he could do about that.
Rector dr. Dragutin Velickovic has been on sick leave for some time now and
has not been coming to work.
The minister does not know her duty
For some time now the pre-school institutions in Belgrade have been on
strike. Newly appointed Minister for the Family Issues, Bratislava Morina,
refused to see the representatives of the pre-school institution employees.
Explanation for this was given by the Vice-President of the Syndicates' City
Council, who said that "the Minister does not know her precise duties yet"!
Television Politika on strike
One hundred and fifty part-time employees of the TV-Politika stopped working
yesterday on account of not receiving their fees. The employees gathered
yesterday in front of the Politika building unsatisfied with the statement of
the chief editor of Television Politika, Goran Kozic, who told them to find
better jobs if they are unsatisfied with the jobs in that company.
Unofficial information is that all 150 employees were given - notice!