Student Protest '96
December 23rd, 1996
Some 15,000 of students gathered at the Plato for the 33rd time protesting against the annulment of the second electoral ballot (do we have to say this again and again?).
Today's program started with the hymn to St. Sava, and then the letter of support of the Serbian Patriarch Pavle to the Belgrade students was read.
The students were addressed by Branislav Stajevic, professor at the Academy of Applied Art and Design, and Mladen Lazic, professor at the School of Philosophy. The letter of the Association for Development of Democracy and the Initiative University Board for the Defence of Democracy to the chief directors of RTS and "Politika" was also read.
At about 1 pm the protest walk started. The route started down the Vasina Street to the Republic Square, and continued down the streets Srpskih Vladara, Terazije, to the Square of Nikola Pasic, and then the Boulevard of the Revolution, passing in front of the buildings of Engineering Schools to the monument of Vuk Karadzic, and back to the Plato down the streets of 27. March, George Washington and Kalemegdan park. The pupils of the First Belgrade High School greeted us as we passed in front of their school.
The walk ended at about 3 pm when the students went to the amphitheaters to continue today's program.