Student Protest '96 - '97
March 10th, 1997
The first day of regular classes at the University, but the students are still in the streets. At the beginning of the protest program Rastko Kostic, member of the Main Board, journalist for a student paper and the most seriously injured student in the February 2-3 beatings by the police, addressed the crowd. He stated that at the session of the Main Board which had just ended it was voted 15:15 for the proposal to stay in the streets and wait for March 20th when the University Council is supposed to hold its next session. This caused great commotion within the students, some being against the proposal while most of the students present at the rally accepted it. It was obvious that a decision had to be made on a different basis, and it was announced that the votes from the student assemblies would be added in order to establish the will of all the students. Cedomir Jovanovic was back. After almost a week of substitutes he was able to announce the protest walk. He still had a bandage on his left eye, from where a member of the Main Board hit him during a personal fight provoked by Ceda.
It was surprising that about 20,000 students appeared for the protest walk on the first day that classes had started at the University since the protest began 109 days ago. We walked down Srpskih Vladara and Kneza Milosa, up Nemanjina and made special noise in front of the ministry of education. To Slavija, and up Beogradska, Bulevar Revolucije and Takovska. We couldn't help and notice that the noise indicator at the corner of Takovska and Ivo Lola Ribar was lighted red marking that the noise was dangerously high. We were disappointed to see that that Grandma Olga was not on her balcony for the first time since the beginning of the protest. Her balcony was full of fresh flowers most likely from the March 8th, which is similar to Mother's day. We then returned to the Plato where the gathering ended.