Student Protest '96 - '97
March 17th, 1997
It was a cold, gloomy day at the Plato. It was zero degrees and raining, but the students still gathered. The first guest was historian Milan St. Protic. He said that it would be crazy for the University Counsil to refuse the resignations of the Chancellor and student vice-chancellor. The second guest was Zeljko Vasiljevic representative of the Macedonian student protest. They are protesting because of the new law which enables national minorities to have higher education in their native language. And then Ceda announced the walk...
There were only about 3,000 students but that was enough to make a lot of confusion in the city traffic. The action for the day was named "Students behind the students". This was the answer to the accusations that different radical, fundamental and other organizations stand behind the Student Protest. We formed a long procession which stretched for about a kilometer through the city. The trick was that the procession was only 2 meters wide, we walked in double file. We walked quite quickly because of the cold, but also because it is much easier for a group to move faster when it is narrow and there is less talking. We walked to Slavije through Kolarceva and Srpskih Vladara, and then down Nemanjina, up Kneza Milosa and back to the Plato via Kneza Milosa. The 117 gathering was scheduled for tomorrow at the usual time and place.