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Yugoslavia: Dozens Injured As Police, Protesters Clash

Belgrade, 30 September 1999 (RFE/RL) - Dozens of people are reported to have been injured in clashes in Belgrade between police and demonstrators demanding that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic leave office. Correspondents say hundreds of Serbian anti-riot police used water cannons and batons to disperse thousands of people who tried to march late yesterday to an elite Belgrade neighborhood where Milosevic has a home. In addition to opposition supporters, those reported hurt in the violence included several members of the domestic and foreign news media and five police officers. The official Tanjug news agency reported that 11 people were detained.

It was the first time police have used violence against demonstrators since the opposition coalition, the Alliance For Change, launched daily opposition protests against Milosevic last week. The opposition demands that Milosevic leave power for leading the country to economic ruin and international isolation during a decade of Balkan wars.