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Yugoslavia: Opposition Calls For Civil Disobedience

Belgrade, 29 September 2000 (RFE/RL) - The Yugoslav opposition says it will begin a massive civil disobedience campaign in a bid to force President Slobodan Milosevic from power. Yesterday, Zoran Djindjic, a leader of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia, said a boycott of universities and schools will begin on Monday. He also urged people not to go to work and said that cinemas and theaters also will close. The opposition is expected to give more details of the campaign at a rally today in central Belgrade at 1400 (Prague time).

The opposition announced the moves after the Federal Electoral Commission released final results yesterday from Sunday's presidential vote.

It confirmed its earlier decision that a runoff vote must be held between Milosevic and opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica. It said neither Milosevic nor Kostunica won the necessary majority in the first round. The opposition says it will boycott the poll because Kostunica won outright. Milosevic said yesterday that he will participate in the runoff.

Meanwhile, thousands of students and their teachers took to the streets of Serbian cities today demanding that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic step down.

Western news services report that 3,000 students turned out in the southern city of Nis chanting a Serbian opposition slogan, "Gotov je" (He is finished). Classes broke off in other cities as students joined the street demonstrations.