BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Monitoring: Media reports
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Friday, 14 April, 2000, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Yugoslav opposition election call
The student opposition movement Otpor (Resistance) is joining the rally
The student opposition movement Otpor is joining the rally
Serbia's main opposition groups are staging a rally in the Yugoslav capital Belgrade on Friday to demand early elections.

The demonstration will be the first since the main opposition parties overcame their differences in January this year and agreed to a joint strategy aimed at overthrowing President Milosevic.

With the motto "Stop the violence - For free elections", the rally in the central Republic Square is expected to last about three hours.


Student demonstrators
Organisers are hoping for a big turnout
Although the gathering has not been banned by the authorities, anti-riot police in buses and vans were seen driving along Belgrade's longest avenue on Friday morning.

The rally will be the first joint protest since last August, when more than 100,000 people gathered to demand President Milosevic's resignation.

Turning point

The opposition Alliance for Change leaders told a news conference on Thursday that the demonstration would be a turning point for the opposition, and would mark the beginning of daily action to exert pressure on the authorities.

Local elections are currently due in the second half of 2000, national elections in September 2001 and a presidential ballot in December 2002.

President Milosevic's government has so far dismissed demands to bring them forward.

The authorities in Belgrade have refused entry to a number of foreign journalists who arrived to report on Friday's demonstration.

The six journalists, as well as three trade union representatives from Spain, were reported to have been confined to Belgrade airport after being told to take the first flight home.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

24 Mar 00 | Europe
Milosevic still standing strong
22 Mar 00 | Europe
Bleak outlook for Serb refugees
11 Jan 00 | Europe
Serbian opposition unites
14 Mar 00 | Europe
Serbia's potential for violence
13 Apr 00 | Europe
Serb media defies government
24 Mar 00 | Media reports
Yugoslav leaders defiant on anniversary
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Media reports stories