Foreign Agencies on December 24th, 1996

Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, December 24, 1996
Embattled Serbian Leader Stages Demonstrations for Himself

Balkans: Pro-Milosevic rallies occur daily in small cities. Today one is scheduled for the capital, where many fear potential violence.

By TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer

SMEDEREVO, Yugoslavia
In a significant gesture, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church lent support to the anti-Milosevic cause Monday, praising students for their "dignified commitment to nonviolence" and "truly democratic freedoms." Patriarch Pavle also urged the opposition to cancel today's rally to avoid "possible armed clashes."

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