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Yugoslavia: Protesters Storm Parliament In Belgrade

Belgrade, 5 October 2000 (RFE/RL) - Violence broke out in Belgrade today as protestors demanding the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic broke into the federal parliament building. Police fired teargas from inside the parliament building as some of the demonstrators breached their security cordon. Other protestors pelted the building with stones. Large crowds of opposition supporters -- estimated at several hundred thousand people -- are filling the streets of central Belgrade, in response to opposition calls for a massive rally to force Milosevic to concede defeat in the elections of 24 September.

Columns of buses and cars carrying opposition supporters from around the country have been making their way towards the Yugoslav capital since the morning and the number of people filling the city continues to rise.

In another sign of growing tensions, independent radio B2-92 reports that more than 160 employees of Serbian state television were fired today for demanding a change in editorial policy.