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Yugoslavia: Women Demand Serbs Release Prisoners

Mitrovica, 8 March 2000 (RFE/RL) - Thousands of ethnic Albanian women today marched through the southern part of Mitrovica to demand the release of their male relatives who are being held in prisons in Serbia. The women walked to the barbed wire stretched across the main bridge over the Ibar River which divides the town. Then they turned back as their further progress was blocked by international peacekeepers.

Mitrovica was reported calm today after an outbreak of violence yesterday in the predominantly Serb northern part of the town injured at least 40 people.

UN officials continued registering Serbs willing to return to their homes in the southern part. The registration was halted by the violence yesterday. There was no official word on how many, if any, Serbs registered.