Foreign Agencies on November 27th, 1996

New York Times
November 27, 1996
A Former Milosevic Stronghold Turns Against Him

NIS, Yugoslavia
Students and professors have occupied all of the city's university buildings and the local ruling Socialist Party leader, whose huge frame used to dominate the evening news, has disappeared from public view and ordered the party headquarters closed.

Belgrade election marked by new protests
Polling stations nearly deserted
November 27, 1996 Web posted at: 12:00 p.m. EST (1700 GMT)

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- For the third time this month, Belgrade residents went to the polls. But a boycott by the opposition meant few voters were bothering to show up Wednesday.

Instead, some 50,000 people, most of them students, took to the streets for the third straight day to protest the decision by President Slobodan Milosevic to annul an opposition election victory.

A huge cordon of policemen stood in the way of the column of demonstrators, who started chanting "Let's Go to Dedinje," the upscale district where Milosevic lives and voted.

No injuries or arrests were reported but the protesters burned an American flag and chanted anti-American slogans when they passed the U.S. Embassy. They were apparently unhappy with what they claim is U.S. support of Milosevic as a Balkan peacemaker.


The Boston Globe, Wed., Nov. 27, 1996, p. A18

The demonstrators compare their stand against Milosevic to the people power that toppled Communism in Prague six years ago. "Red bandits!" they have been shouting in Belgrade. Students parading past the US Embassy have been chanting, "USA, USA, we want changes!"

It may be understandable, but it is nonetheless unfortunate, that Washington finds itself entwined with Milosevic because his presumed readiness to compel the Serbs of Bosnia to observe the Dayton peace agreement.

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