Student Protest '96 - '97
February 12th, 1997
"Good morning, annulled Serbia!", the protest gathering had started. Last night the Serbian Parliament had adopted the "lex specialis" which acknowledged part of the results of the November 17 local elections in Serbia. The students gathered at the Plato as usual to protest the electoral manipulations.
To start off the day, the first guest, Sonja Jaukovic, actress from the National Theater addressed the students. She informed the students of the fact that the theaters have started working, after protesting the beating of citizens and students in the streets of Belgrade. A number of theaters had declared that they are giving out free tickets to students at the Plato. She also stated that the National Theater had continued their strike along with the students. The following speaker was a guest from Hungary, Djens Konrad, writer, former Pen president and winner of the Pulitzer award. The speeches ended with Dejan Savic, the conductor in the National Opera and Slavenko Grgurovic.
Misa Gavrilovic, member of the Initiative Board of the SP '96-97 reminded the students of the initial demands and the fact that they had not yet been met. The service informations included announcements of student assemblies at a number of schools of the Belgrade University, and discussions mainly with themes regarding the "lex specialis". The protest program was ended with Ceda Jovanovic's announcement of today's route.
The walk was a peaceful one. There was no special project for the day, and no incidents of course. Just a simple, everyday walk of 20,000 students through the streets of Belgrade. From the Plato the route took us through Vasina and Kolarceva to Srpskih Vladara street. From Slavija, up Beogradska street and Bulevar Revolucije to 27 Marta street. From there, down 27 Marta and Dzordza Vasingtona to 29 Novembar street and back to the Plato, where the gathering ended at about 3.30pm. The gathering was announced for tomorrow, at the usual place, usual time and in the usual manner.