Student Protest '96
December 25th, 1996
Some 40,000 Belgrade students gathered today at the Plato again to express their protest.
They were addressed by Ivan Djuric, professor, Ljiljana Blagojevic, actress, Slobodan Marinkovic, professor at the Medical School, and Vladimir Zamahajev, priest.
Letters of support from the National Student alliance of France, a group of professors and students from Alsace, the School of Political and Social Sciences from New York and well-known american rock bands R.E.M. and Nirvana were read.
After the program at the Plato the protest "Walk" with the aim of "decontamination of the spot where the rally 'for Serbia' was held". Several of the students poured a mixture of water and detergent at the spot on Terazije where this rally was held the previous day. Then they went down the Srpskih Vladara Street, and continued their walk passing by the buildings of RTS and "Politika" whistling and shouting slogans. Tens of the employees of "Politika" greeted them from the windows of that building.Around 14:30, the students went back to the Plato and then they proceeded to the amphitheaters to continue the program as usual.