RIOT POLICE USES FORCE: MANY SEVERELY INJURED
Sunday evening saw the most
violent use of force against the peaceful demonstrators
in Belgrade so far. Huge groups of protesters from all
parts of Belgrade began their marches towards the city
centre at 7:30 p.m. in order to attend the rally of the
Zajedno opposition coalition in Republic Square. Several
thousands of protesters, led by Vuk Draskovic, walked
towards city centre from the borough of New Belgrade.
Riot police cordons stopped them at the bridge across the
river Sava. Vuk Draskovic unsuccessfully tried to talk
police commander into letting the protesters cross the
bridge, so the crowd was forced to stay at the beggining
of the bridge for hours. Police commander told Mr.
Draskovic that the crowd must withdraw or the police
would ``act according to the law.'' Draskovic also tried
to persuade the protesters to leave the bridge and leave
him stand there alone, but the crowd refused. Meanwhile,
another several thousands of protesters, led by Zoran
Djindjic, arrived in Republic Square. Having heard what
was happening on the bridge across the river Sava, crowd
immediately set off towards the bridge. In a street
leading directly to the
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