- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: OPPOSITION LEADER RECEIVES WARM WELCOME FROM STRIKING MINERS.
- Date: 3rd October 2000
- Summary: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA (OCTOBER 2, 2000) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 1. CU: SOUNDBITE (English) LEADER OF THE SERBIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND MENAGER OF DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION OF SERBIA (DOS), SPEAKING SAYING: He (Milosevic) disappointed the people again. He is not able to accept his defeat. He is trying to provoke further crisis and violence in Serbia. We will prevent that. The people do not want new elections, the people voted on 24th of September. Our presidential candidate won the elections, Mr. Kostunica, and the last obstacle is Mr. Milosevic and his desire to stay in power without being elected. And we must resolve this crisis peacefully, but not in the way Mr. Milosevic wants but in the way the people want. 0.47 2. CU: SOUNDBITE (English) LEADER OF THE SERBIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND MANAGER OF DOS, SPEAKING SAYING: We have no alternative but to call the people to protect their rights. We must act outside of institutions, on the places, streets, factories and the people's will must be protected. 1.19 BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA (OCTOBER 2, 2000) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 3. GV/TRACK: VARIOUS OF DOS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA DRIVING THROUGH THE BELGRADE CITY CENTER ESCORTED BY CONVOY OF JOURNALISTS/ PEOPLE STANDING ON THE ROAD SIDE CHEERING (4 SHOTS) 1.47 LAZAREVAC, YUGOSLAVIA (OCTOBER 2, 2000) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 4. GV/MV/CU: VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA, DOS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ARRIVING AT POLICE CORDON AND TALKING TO POLICE (4 SHOTS) 2.08 KOLUBARA, YUGOSLAVIA (OCTOBER 2, 2000) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 5. GV/LV: VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA, DOS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ARRIVING TO THE RALLY ORGANIZED IN KOLUBARA / PEOPLE APPLAUDING (2 SHOTS) 2.17 6. CU: SOUNDBITE (Serbian) VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA, DOS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SPEAKING SAYING: If we agreed on the second round of the elections, it would have been the anullment of the will of the people. And the will of people is to see Milosevic stepping down forever. 2.32 7. MV/GV: PEOPLE APPLAUDING (2 SHOTS) 2.41 8. MCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) VOX POPS, A MAN SPEAKING SAYING: We have to finish what we started. This is the only way. We have to hold out. 2.49 9. (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) VOX POPS, A WOMAN SPEAKING SAYING: We will make it. We have to.. 2.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 18th October 2000 13:00
- Location: BELGRADE AND KOLUBARA, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Reuters ID: LVA6GLZPKSA3PU9VYV4I6EODXSDG
- Story Text: Zoran Djindjic, leader of the Serbian Democratic Party
and manager of the Democratic Oppositon of Serbia, has
criticised a television address by President Slobodan
Milosevic, saying he has "disappointed the people again."
And Vojislav Kostunica, Milosevic's presidential rival, has
received a warm welcome from striking miners and their
supporters when he visited Serbia's largest coal mine.
Protests against President Slobodan Milosevic struck
the heart of Serbia's struggling economy on Monday with
stoppages at mines serving the republics two biggest thermal
Around 4,000 miners have been on strike at Kolubara, since
Friday, a protest action which threatens to plunge large parts
of the country into darkness.
Workers at the Kolubara mine said Belgrade police sealed
the main Tamnava pit on Sunday evening, but there had been no
police intervention during the night.
When Vojislav Kostunica arrived at the mine, a small
cordon first blocked his way, but moved after he talked to
Kolubara, with a daily output of 70,000 tonnes, is the
supplier to the thermal power station in nearby Obrenovac,
produces half of Serbia's power needs. Three of its six
generators have already been shut down due to a lack of coal.
The state-run power company, Lektroprivreda Srbije (EPS),
urged the miners on Sunday evening to return to work. Due to
the break in coal production, EPS is forced to introduce
restrictions in the supply of electricity, it said.
Workers at both mines have received compulsory work
meaning they can be automatically fired if they disobey.
Kostunica later addressed a rally at Kolubara, where he
told those gathered that: "If we agreed on the second round of
the elections, it would
have been the anullment of the will of the people.
"And the will of the people is to see Milosevic stepping
down forever," he said to cheers from those gathered.
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