Student Protest '96 - '97
March 11th, 1997
The day has come when classes have started and the teachers and part of the students have decided to return to class. Yesterday at the student assemblies it was voted on whether the protest should continue in its original form, the students boycotting classes and demonstrating in the streets, or if we should return to class and await the confirmation of the Chancellor's resignation by the University Council which is expected on March 20th. The schools voted in the Main Board and the result was 16:14 for the continuation of the protest. When the votes form the individual schools were added the ratio was approximately 6,000:4,000 also for the continuation of the protest in this form. Today we gathered at the Plato in front of the School of Philosophy as usual, expecting that there would be a much smaller number of students. To the surprise of many of the people there was about 7,000 students around the noise-mobile in the street. Dusan Popovic spoke of the voting results at last night's meeting of the Main Board. There was much commotion when he mentioned that the Deans had invited the students to classes, which will be held with or without them. We were then addressed by Cedomir Jovanovic who started what he announced as the interesting walk...
The first alternative walk of the protest (with only half the schools officially attending it) started as usual, Kolarceva, Terazije, Srpskih Vladara. Then Kneza Milosa, Takovska past the RTS building. We protested in front of the building decorated with 3 month-old egg shells the continued to 27 Marta, Dzordza Vasingtona and Cara Dusana. We walked past the Kalemegdan citadel and returned to the Plato through Uzun Mirkova. The walk was a peaceful one and another has been scheduled for tomorrow at the same time.