- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: NEW MOTHERS AND COAL MINERS GIVE REACTIONS TO GOVERNMENT OVERTHROW.
- Date: 8th October 2000
- Summary: BELGRADE AND LAZAREVAC, SERBIA (OCTOBER 8, 2000) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) BELGRADE, SERBIA 1. GV/CU: EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL (2 SHOTS) 0.07 2. GV/MV: NURSE PUTTING BABIES ON TROLLEY/ BABIES BEING HANDED TO MOTHERS (4 SHOTS) 0.41 3. MV: BABIES FEEDING 0.47 4. CU: (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) MOTHER VESNA NISEVIC-MILEKIC SAYING: We are so happy, now most probably our babies will live better than us. 1.04 5. MV/CU: MOTHERS AND BABIES (3 SHOTS) 1.16 6. MCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) DOCTOR MIRA PERVULOV OF THE CLINIC FOR GYNAECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS SAYING: "I think that the sanctions, and I am not a politician -- well I don't really know how they were expected to solve political problems -- but the sanctions seriously endangered the people and in my opinion they were unnecessary since they detrimentally affected those who were not responsible. 1.48 7. GV/MV/CU: DOCTORS VISITING PATIENTS (3 SHOTS) 2.05 8. GV/MV/CU: BABY GETTING A WASH AND BEING WRAPPED IN BLANKET/ BABY ASLEEP (12 SHOTS) 3.17 LAZAREVAC, SERBIA 9. GV/MV: VARIOUS OF MINING OPERATIONS (7 SHOTS) 3.53 10. CU: VARIOUS MINERS COMMENTS (2 SHOTS) 4.30 11. GV: VARIOUS OF MINE (4 SHOTS) 5.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BELGRADE AND LAZAREVAC, SERBIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Reuters ID: LVA5QW07KSDBXR6WUX5ORMJWBQMJ
- Story Text: The mothers of Serbia's newborn babies hope their
children will have a brighter future now Slobodan Milosevic
has gone and sanctions could be lifted from their country.
The new lease of life, many believe, was given by striking
miners who played a key role in bringing down Milosevic and
who have now restarted production with their place in history
At the Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics in
Belgrade, mothers were giving birth to their children whilst
thousands of citizens were on the streets protesting against
Overjoyed that a new President, Vojislav Kostunica, has
now been sworn-in they hope that the lifting of sanctions will
provide a new life that they would not have even dared to
"I think that the sanctions, and I am not a politician,
well I dont really know how they were expected to solve
political problems, but the sanctions seriously endangered the
people and in my opinion they were unnecessary since they
detrimentally affected those who were not responsible" said
Doctor Mira Pervulov.
Most medicines were available to doctors at the hospital
during the sanctions but the range of the medicines was
seriously restricted and they were unable to have the full
range of products available on the international market.
Vesna Nisevic-Milekic gave birth to her little baby boy
Mateja on the fourth of October as people had begun to take to
the streets in protest in Belgrade.
We are so happy Vesna said now most probably our babies
will live better than us.
At Serbias biggest mine of Kolubara in Lazarevac, miners
were working on Sunday (October 8) happy with the knowledge
that they had helped provide a better life for Serbias youth.
The mine has lain idle for eight days as around 7,000
miners downed tools as part of a campaign of strikes and
popular protests that eventually swept aside President
Slobodan Milosevic after 13 turbulent years in power.
The miners say their struggle has not come to an end and
they would not return to full production until senior
management of the plant and the state electrical company,
linked to Milosevics Socialist Party, had stepped down.
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