- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS CONTINUE FOR 59TH DAY
- Date: 16th January 1997
- Summary: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA (JANUARY 16, 1997) (RTV) LV POLICE IN COACHES (2 SHOTS) 0.09 SV POLICE IN STREET AND WALKING ALONG STREET (2 SHOTS) 0.21 LV/SV POLICE KEEPING CHECK ON PROTESTERS 0.30 SLV PROTESTERS CARRYING FLAGS MARCHING ALONG STREET 0.38 SV OPPOSITION ZAJEDNO LEADER VUK DRASKOVIC MARCHING WITH PROTESTERS 0.42 HAS DRASKOVIC AND PROTESTERS 0.47 SLV PROTESTERS WITH SIGNS 0.51 TV PROTESTERS IN SQUARE (2 SHOTS) 1.01 SCU SIGN "WE WANT VICTORY" (ENGLISH) 1.06 SCU PROTESTER BLOWS HORN 1.09 LAS ZAJEDNO LEADERS ON STAGE 1.14 SLV PROTESTERS 1.17 GV CROWD AT RALLY FROM BEHIND ZAJEDNO LEADERS 1.23 SCU PROTESTERS MAKE VICTORY SIGNS 1.28 LAS ZAJEDNO LEADERS ADDRESSING RALLY (2 SHOTS) 1.38 SCU WOMAN BANGS DRUM IN CROWD 1.41 LAS ZAJEDNO LEADER ZORAN DJINDIC ADDRESSING RALLY 1.52 SCU PROTESTER BLOWS HORN 1.55 LAS/SCU DRASKOVIC ADDRESSING RALLY 2.09 SCU DEMONSTRATORS 2.13 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 31st January 1997 12:00
- Location: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Serbia
- Topics: General,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAOCU3NCNMUKUH54Z02C6YUV2O
- Story Text: Thousands of Belgraders gathered in the city centre on Thursday (January 16) to protest against election fraud, as international pressure mounted on the Serbian president to give total recognition to opposition local election victories.
Opposition Leader Vuk Draskovic joined the demonstration against election fraud in Belgrade again on Thursday (January 16), as thousands of people gathered in the capital's Republic Square.
Up to half a million people have demonstrated daily for almost nine weeks in a bid to reinstate opposition victories in Serbian local elections nullified by the ruling Socialists (SPS), who claimed unspecified "irregularities".
International pressure supporting the opposition also mounted.
The OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation) urged Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to go beyond piecemeal concessions and fully recognise opposition wins in local elections.
In Strasbourg, the European Parliament urged the European Union and its individual countries to freeze relations with Serbia until democracy had been established there.
The rallies, which have taken place for 59 days across Serbia, aim to force Milosevic's Socialist government to reinstate annulled November 17 municipal elections in which the opposition won 14 of Serbia's 18 biggest cities.
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