The situation in Belgrade has worsened. The legally elected Mayor of Belgrade was
forced out by the dictatorship. You can read the Washington Post story on the current situation.
Below is a photograph sent to me by folks in Belgrade, taken on September 30, 1997. I cannot
be sure that the description is accurate, but the source who sent to me is trustworthy.
This is part of an ongoing attempt to use the Internet as means of bypassing traditional media, and getting grass-roots information out from Yugoslavia, person to person. Further grass-roots information follows below.
This page contains e-mail describing the situation in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. It is updated whenever I get e-mail, and the messages are sorted from oldest to most recent.
But before we get to the e-mail, here are a few links to the protest Web sites maintained inside Yugoslavia.
Protest page run by students of the Math department, University of Belgrade.
Protest page run by students of the Engineering department, University of Belgrade.
Protest page run by students of the Philosophy department, University of Belgrade.
Protest page run by Radio B-92, Belgrade's only independent radio station.
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 1996 01:56:22 +0100 From: Novica Milic
Organization: Institute for Literature, Belgrade To: "David S. Bennahum" CC: (suppressed) Subject: Belgrade - 27. december Dear David & other friends: Both my vife's mother and father were injured by the police on the 24th of Dec. on demonstration - her mother is in the hospital and waits for the leg operation. This evening Kali (@SezamPro.yu, the girl with black hair, Julian spoke to her during one of the street marches, I remember) was badly baeten by the police; she is in the hospital now. There were a lot of beaten people tonight - all AFTER the today demonstrations, when they started to go back home. They were attacked either by the police itself or by the groops of hooligans who were under the clear police protection. Especially the journalist (and cameramen) were aimed by the police attacks (like the reporters from Russian NTV, Austrian ORF, Associate Press, Reuter). Two (at least) perasons from the Organizing Comittee of Student Protest '96 were also beaten tonight. We are at the edge of civil war in Serbia. The Belgrade is a kind of a besieged city. It is a sort of the unofficial martial low situation. Some 20,000 policemen have been brought into the town in the last 2-3 days. The regime media (TV, radio, newspapers) keep producing the worst propaganda against the citizens ("traitors of the people", "foreign agents", "the fifth column" and the like). What will happen in the next days, no one can tell at the moment. However, we will continue with our protests. Tomorrow is the funeral of the men who was killed 3 days ago during the demos. You can help by spreading the infos of what's going on here. Yrs, Novim@sezampro.yu
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 1996 23:40:42 +0100 From: Nebojsa Mircetovic (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org MIME-Version: 1.0 Hi there,Serbian opo fan:))))