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Yugoslavia: Protests Against Milosevic Spreading

Belgrade, 19 July 1999 (RFE/RL) - Yugoslavia's top general yesterday labeled the increasingly vocal opponents of President Slobodan Milosevic as traitors. General Dragoljub Ojdanic, the army chief of staff, said it was key to preserve the stability of the country. He said there were many "sold souls" and "Western vassals," in Yugoslavia today. Ojdanic said they wanted to take power by force and take the country into a new catastrophe. The general is one of five top officials, including Milosevic, indicted on war crimes charges by an international tribunal for alleged atrocities in Kosovo. Meanwhile, daily protests against Milosevic and his government continued to spread over much of Serbia yesterday, mostly organized by the opposition coalition, the Alliance for Change. In Kosovo, the U.N.'s civil administrator for the province, Bernard Kouchner, yesterday asked for more international help to protect innocent civilians following more reports of revenge attacks on Kosovo's remaining Serbs. Fearing reprisals, some 60,000 Serbs have already fled Kosovo.