Tuesday, April 27, 1999 Published at 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
Draskovic 'ready to call street protests'
Mr Draskovic said Nato has emerged stronger from its weekend summit
The Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, Vuk Draskovic, has protested furiously at what he says is the military takeover of Belgrade's privately-run television station, Studio B.
"In the case Mr Milosevic supports this, I am ready to stand up against Mr Milosevic," Mr Draskovic said in an interview with the BBC.
"We will enter the streets and demonstrate against this anti-democratic decision."
"I believe my party is representing the wishes of the majority of the Serbian people," Mr Draskovic said.
"If they want to have me out of the government, they can do that," he said.
"I didn't join the government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to protect the present system. I joined to change the present system."
He also had strong words for the country's rulers, accusing them of deceiving their people about the war over Kosovo.
Although he did not mention names in the interview, Mr Draskovic directed his comments at "certain forces" and "those who are running the country".
"The men running this country must tell the people clearly where we stand and with whom we stand, tell them... what will remain of Serbia in 20 days if this dreadful bombing goes on," Mr Draskovic said.
'Ready to grant autonomy'
Although his remarks appear to have been aimed at the Yugoslav and Serbian leadership generally, Mr Draskovic insisted he was not criticising Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
Mr Draskovic dismissed as unrealistic the belief that Russia would intervene to help the Serbs overcome Nato, or that the alliance would collapse.
He developed his ideas for a peace plan on Monday, saying that the government would not object to Nato countries supplying troops to a peacekeeping force in Kosovo if that is what the UN decided was appropriate.
However, Mr Draskovic is known as a maverick who often makes provocative remarks in his interviews
As Nato's bombing campaign unites the population behind Mr Milosevic, correspondents say fewer and fewer people are backing Mr Draskovic
The former opposition leader was only recently brought into government so that Serbia and Yugoslavia could present a united front in their conflict with the West.
BBC correspondent in Belgrade Michael Williams says that while Mr Draskovic holds the title deputy prime minister, he has little real authority and whether or not he retains even that may well be decided in the coming hours.