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Sunday, 21 November, 1999, 04:22 GMT
Serb demos to continue
Anti-Milosevic demonstrations have been going on for two months

In an apparent change of heart, opposition leaders in Serbia are to continue their daily rallies in central Belgrade.

The rallies, calling for President Slobodan Milosevic to step down in favour of a new elected government, have been going on for two months.

We must not allow Milosevic to lead us into the next millennium
Zoran Djindjic, leader of opposition Democratic Party
In recent weeks numbers attending the demonstrations had dwindled. Earlier this week, the leadership of the Alliance for Change had said the group no longer had the ability to stage daily rallies in the capital, and would limit them to weekends only.

Cedomir Jovanovic, one of the leaders of the Alliance for Change, told a crowd of several thousands in Central Belgrade on Saturday that they must continue the demonstrations.

"I invite you to meet again tomorrow and tell Milosevic that it is the end of his regime that will mark the end of the demonstrations," he said.

( Click here for an at-a-glance guide to the Serbian opposition)

But BBC correspondent Jacky Rowland in Belgrade says the statement that daily demonstrations will continue is largely insignificant, since recent rallies have failed to attract more than about 500 people - a tiny number compared with past events.

Arson attack

The opposition Democratic Party has blamed supporters of President Milosevic for a petrol bomb which damaged a building housing its headquarters in the Serbian city of Nis early on Saturday morning.

A party statement said the bomb had caused a fire, but four workers who were in the building at the time of the attack.

"This was obviously an act of professionals and those who are intimidated by the Democratic Party and other democratic movements in Serbia," said Zoran Zivkovic, the mayor of Nis and deputy head of the party.

"It could not be anybody but the Serbian regime, the regime of Slobodan Milosevic", he told reporters.

Vuk Draskovic: 'Target of an assassination attempt'
The city of Nis used to be a Milosevic stronghold before it elected an opposition-run city council in 1996, and it has since become a symbol of resistance to his rule.

Nis and nearby Pirot are due to be the first opposition-run towns to receive heating oil from a programme sponsored by the European Union which aims to help the Serbian opposition.

Another Serbian opposition party, the Serbian Renewal Movement led by Vuk Draskovic has said the State security service are "hiding information" regarding a fatal car crash in early October.

The crash killed four of the party's members and left Mr Draskovic slightly injured.

The party has previously referred to the incident as an attempted assassination.

Serbian Opposition at a Glance

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