Foreign Agencies on February 2nd, 1997
Serbian Police Attack Protesters, Scores Hurt
(22:40 02/02/97) BELGRADE (Reuter) - Serbia's autocratic President Slobodan Milosevic sent riot police into Belgrade to break up opposition protests, triggering overnight clashes that left scores injured.
Police in helmets and body armour turned central Belgrade into a
battleground, repeatedly attacking marchers demanding the reinstatement
of opposition victories in local elections last November,
"Four policemen were beating a man and a woman in a fur coat...it seems they were competing with each other," said 23-year-old student Ivan.
Radonja Mirkovic, head of student stewards helping to marshal student protests in the capital, told the independent B92 radio that the student response would be "more robust."
(c) 1997 Reuters Limited.