Foreign Agencies on December 16th, 1996

Christian Science Monitor
Monday December 16, 1996 Edition
Why Thousands Take To the Streets in Serbia
Jonathan S. Landay, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

FLAGGING SUPPORT: A student in Belgrade holds up the Yugoslav flag with the communist star torn out. Critics say President Milosevic is a communist relic who is destroying the economy. (DAVID BRAUCHLI/AP)
Students at Belgrade University, independent of the opposition, have staged their own marches. Many are Serbs from Bosnia and Croatia who denounce Milosevic for "betraying" the Serb revolts he fomented.

Serbia's Communism Shows Staying Power
By John Pomfret
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, December 16 1996; Page A01
The Washington Post

Now protesters are again jamming the streets of an East European capital. For the past four weeks, students and middle-class Serbs have marched through Belgrade's boulevards, in the most serious challenge to the last remaining Communist leader in Europe: Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

Waves of protesting students tooting whistles and kazoos, and opposition leaders calling for democracy and the rule of law, recall the heady days of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, Solidarity's victory in Poland and historic changes elsewhere. But the differences between the political crisis in Yugoslavia and the one that ended communism among its neighbors are numerous and vast. They lead Serb analysts and diplomats from the former Communist Bloc to conclude that the protests here have little chance of toppling Milosevic.
An estimated 300,000 people have emigrated from Yugoslavia since the war began, many of them students, going to Canada and the United States.
And students, who undertake parallel demonstrations each day, have refused to merge their marches into the coalition's.

CAPTION: Anti-Milosevic students march with sparklers and horns in Belgrade.

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Milosevic concedes second city; huge rallies continue
December 16, 1996
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EST (2300 GMT)

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN)
[Picture: milojevic]

"They can't give us only Nis. They have to give us Belgrade and the other cities in Serbia where the opposition won this election." -- student protester Milica Milojevic

(c) 1996 Cable News Network, Inc.

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