Student Protest '96 - '97

March 4th, 1997

14:00 CET
(13:00 GMT)

The Plato

It was a gloomy day. Not very nice for a walk or even being outside. Just as the students started gathering at the Plato rain started dribbling from the dark gray sky. There were no special speeches given at the Plato, but the students were informed of the situation at the University, regarding classes, the financial situation, the student demands, and other information essential to the protest. Ceda Jovanovic ended the gathering with his famous words "So help us God" and the protest walk could begin.

15:30 CET
(14:30 GMT)

The "Walk" - take 1

Because the weather was bad the walk was shortened to a minimum. From the Plato we walked to the Republic Square and Terazije, cutting it short across the Square of Nikola Pasic. Down Takovska, and Ivo Lola Ribar returning to the Plato. The gathering was very uninteresting and dull, probably influenced by the cloudy skies.

18:00 CET
(17:00 GMT)

The "Walk" - take 2

The Main Board was in session at the School of Philosophy. There was a sudden burst of information that Radmila Milentijevic the minister of information in the Serbian government was hosting a reception for foreign and domestic journalists at the National Museum only 300 meters away. Why not invite themselves in? - thought the Main Board. They gathered themselves, all 50+ of them, prepared their whistles and marched to the Museum. The doors were guarded by three members of the museum security, and the students had no problem entering the building. The students marched around the museum in front of the astonished guests. The minister tried to explain the situation but couldn't save herself from embarrassment. The Main Board left the building after a 15 minute protest walk, and continued it through the streets, following the "media walk" and then returning to the School of Philosophy to finish their meeting.


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