Foreign Agencies on January 11th, 1997

Yugo Students Meet With Gov't
Associated Press Writer
Saturday, January 11, 1997 8:53 am EST

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- With independent media saying that Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic may recognize more opposition victories, students met senior government officials Saturday to demand the removal of police blocking protests in Belgrade.

The students had demanded to see Premier Mirko Marjanovic, but were told he was "absent", said student representative Dusan Vasiljevic. They met instead with the education minister and two deputy premiers to demand the removal of police impeding Belgrade's protests, now in their eighth week.
Students and the opposition coalition Zajedno, or Together, have held daily protests against Milosevic's annulment of Nov. 17 municipal elections won by the opposition in Belgrade, Nis and 12 other towns.

But police have blocked any marches through the capital.

Some 30,000 students managed to outlast the police Thursday and marched through Belgrade overnight. The students dispersed early Friday, but said they would be back Saturday.

Heartened by this success, students said police should be removed completely. But hundreds of riot police blocked an opposition protest march Friday.

(c) Copyright 1997 The Associated Press

Serb protesters unimpressed by Milosevic concessions
U.S. unveils 'action plan' for democracy in Serbia
January 11, 1997
Web posted at: 6:40 p.m. EST (1840 GMT)

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN)
Security and students play cat and mouse

About 5,000 students played cat and mouse games late into the night with riot police struggling to enforce a ban on street marches. Some 4,000 students also rallied in Nis, Serbia's second largest city.

(c) 1997 Cable News Network, Inc.

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