Saturday, June 19, 1999 Published at 02:27 GMT 03:27 UK
Cold comfort for Serb refugees
They have made it to Nis, 200km south of Belgrade
By the BBC's Brian Hanrahan in Belgrade
The state media is not saying anything that would indicate the scale of what is happening, even though most people know there is an exodus.
Or an occasional tractor by the roadside which has escaped the authorities' efforts to contain all the refugees to a belt of towns south of Belgrade.
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He is making arrangements to help tens of thousands of refugees who have been on the road for days, trying to escape Kosovo through narrow mountain roads.
It is easy enough to see why the authorities do not want them in Belgrade.
People need jobs and money. The war is lost, and the refugees could easily focus the current mood of confused discontent.
"I think there should be elections," one woman in the street told us. " I think people are really fed up with the situation right now."
And a man expressed his discontent. "We are fed up with the bombs, with the fighting, with the quarrels, with everything," he said.
Another made his criticism personal but seemed lost for a solution. "I do not like Milosevic, and I do not agree with him, but I agree with these people," he said.
Opposition politicians scent an opportunity. They are demanding early elections and are trying to put their divisions aside and unite on a single policy of getting rid of President Milosevic.
"Milosevic's patriotism will not give a child breakfast," he said. "With his kind of patriotism we cannot pay the rent or bills."
President Milosevic's domestic opponents trust him no more than his international ones.
They say he cannot be trusted to organise fair elections, and they want international monitors brought in to ensure any voting is fair.
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