Student Protest '96
December 28th, 1996
The students gathered at the Plato for the 37th time, even though the temperature was 12 degrees Celsius below zero. Mirjana Karanovic, actress, and Milos Sobajic, painter, expressed their support of the students. The letter from Milo Djukanovic, the president of Montenegro, was read in which he supports the student demands for democracy.
The police prevented the students from going for the walk, again. First they blocked Vasina street, so we tried to walk down Knez Mihajlova street. Another police cordon was waiting for us in front of the Russian Czar restaurant on the Republic Square. We also bumped into a cordon at the opposite end of Knez Mihajlova street, so we started walking in a "prison circle" up and down Knez Mihajlova street.
Another of the student "projects" was the symbolic ramming of a "cordon" of students carrying banners reading "I love you also", alluding to the speech of President Milosevic at the December 24 counter-rally. The students called the police officers in the cordons, asking them to go for a beer or challenging them to a snowball fight. A large tennis racket with the words "The match point is ours!" on it was carried by one student.
Around 20:30, the protest walk ended and the students returned to the Plato.