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Yugoslavia: Anti-Government Demonstrations Continue

Belgrade, 23 May 2000 (RFE/RL) - Around 10,000 people gathered yesterday evening across Serbia to protest against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's crackdown on non-state media and anti-government demonstrations. Our correspondent in Belgrade says about 2,000 people protested in the capital against the closing of the opposition-run TV station Studio B last week. Hundreds also turned out in Novi Sad, Kragujevac, and other cities, but rallies in the eastern city of Bor and southern Vlasotince were forbidden.

The number of protesters in Serbia has dwindled since last Wednesday, when many from a group of 30,000 demonstrators were injured in clashes with police.

Opposition leaders are hoping to increase momentum by calling for a mass turnout at a protest in Belgrade on Saturday. Earlier yesterday, the growing Serbian student movement Otpor! (Resistance!) announced its intention to register as a non-governmental organization.