Anniversary of October 5 anti-regime protests
BELGRADE -- Today marks 12 years since mass protests organized in Belgrade by opposition parties, that ended in the toppling of the regime of Slobodan Milošević.
However, Serbian citizens are today disappointed with what has left of the October 5 changes.
The protests broke out after Milošević refused to accept results of the presidential election on September 24, 2000. He lost to Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) coalition’s candidate Vojislav Koštunica who won 50.24 percent of the vote, while Milošević won 37.15 percent.
After several days of protests and strikes across Serbia, the central protest was held on October 5 in Belgrade where hundreds of thousands of people responded to the call of DOS led by Zoran Đinđić.
The October 5 demonstrations were a culmination of a series of protests against the Federal Electoral Commission’s decision to hold a presidential run-off.
Towns across Serbia had been paralyzed by strikes for days. One of the strongest blows to the regimes was given by Kolubara coal mine workers who did not stop the strike despite threats.
Vojislav Koštunica addresses citizens on October 5, 2000 (Vreme, file)
The demonstrators arrived in front of the Federal parliament in buses, cars and trucks from the entire country, using bulldozers to force their way through police roadblocks.
Police used teargas in the morning in order to prevent the protesters from entering parliament but were not successful. The protesters led by New Serbia (NS) leader Velimir Ilić entered the building around 15:00 CET. The building was quickly demolished and set on fire, just like the Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters in nearby Takovska Street.
RTS Director Dragoljub Milanović was attacked and beaten by the protesters in Tašmajdan Park.
One of the heroes of the protest was Ljubisav Đokić aka Joe the Bulldozer who led the attack on the RTS headquarters with his bulldozer.
The police soon joined the protesters. New Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’s President Koštunica addressed the citizens from a Belgrade City Hall balcony in the evening.
Two protesters are seen looting the parliament building (Vreme, file)
Milošević admitted to the election defeat and congratulated Koštunica on October 6.
Jasmina Jovanović died during the protest after falling under a moving truck, Momčilo Stakić died of a heart attack and 65 people were injured.
A memorial to Jovanović was erected a year later in downtown Belgrade, near the place where she lost her life.
Trade Minister Rasim Ljajić and Finance and Economy Minister Mlađan Dinkić are the only DOS leaders who have been in power ever since October 5, 2001. Ilić, who is currently the construction minister, has also returned to power after the May election.
The Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) returned to power in 2008. After reconciliation with the Democratic Party (DS), the Socialists became a part of the ruling coalition.
The SPS helped vote in Koštunica’s minority government in March 2004.
The DS, which was a key party in DOS 12 years ago, is today in the opposition and it is facing numerous challenges. Months after losing the parliamentary and presidential elections, the DS is unable to consolidate itself while leader Boris Tadić and deputy leader Dragan Đilas are struggling for power.
Milošević died of a heart attack on March 11, 2006 in the Hague Tribunal prison cell. He was arrested in April 2001 in Belgrade and extradited to The Hague on June 28. He was tried for genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and war crimes and crimes against humanity in Croatia and Kosovo.
12 years later, life is still hard in Serbia. Economic situation is extremely difficult and the country is still far away from the EU.
Serbia is today led by President Tomislav Nikolić, SPS leader Ivica Dačić, who is a prime minister, and the most powerful party is Aleksandar Vučić's Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
petak 5.10.2012 | 19:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- If Serbia as a nation had the strength to win its freedom on Oct. 5, it should also find the strength now to protect its core national and economic interests.
petak 5.10.2012 | 19:00 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- After October 5, 2000, Serbia and its society made progress, opposition DS party leader and former Serbian president for two terms Boris Tadić stated on Friday.
petak 5.10.2012 | 17:14 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- German Foreign Ministry has stated that Germany is not understanding about the Serbian authorities’ decision to ban the gay Pride Parade.
petak 5.10.2012 | 16:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday responded to Kosovo's intention to introduce visas for Russian nationals, said reports from Moscow.
petak 5.10.2012 | 15:09 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule will present an annual report on Serbia’s progress to Serbian officials on October 11 in Belgrade.
petak 5.10.2012 | 14:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A visiting German official said on Friday that as far as Serbia was concerned, "it was not the date for accession talks with the EU that was important".
petak 5.10.2012 | 12:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo does not have institutions in the north so the Serbian authorities, that we call parallel, are legitimate, says Kosovo president’s advisor Ramush Tahiri.
petak 5.10.2012 | 12:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Parliamentary Committee on Kosovo Chairman Milovan Drecun says EU's positions will be taken into consideration when formulating the state platform.
petak 5.10.2012 | 11:42 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić have not addressed the alleged eight principles mentioned in media.
petak 5.10.2012 | 11:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić will go on an official visit to Rome on Tuesday.
petak 5.10.2012 | 10:54 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS -- The EC report, which Tanjug has seen, notes that Serbia will get a start date for the EU accession talks once it meets the key criteria related to Kosovo.
petak 5.10.2012 | 09:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Swedish European Affairs Minister Eva Birgitta Ohlsson will come for a two-day visit to Belgrade on Friday.
petak 5.10.2012 | 09:14 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian PM Ivica Dačić’s cabinet has formed a working group for the implementation of the agreement on joint control of administrative crossings in Kosovo.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 20:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić has presented the priorities for 67th session during his first press conference in New York.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 18:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vučić has once again stated that Serbia will not be joining any military alliances.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 14:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (64) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said late Wednesday that the ban on the gay Pride Parade was not a defeat for Serbia, but rather a victory.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 13:32 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (18) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Several hundred Serbs gathered in the Brđani settlement of northern Kosovska Mitrovica to prevent groups of Albanians from starting to build houses there.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 13:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Vojvodina Executive Council President Bojan Pajtić and Finance Minister Mlađan Dinkić have reached an agreement on solving the issue of Vojvodina’s financing.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 11:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- German Ambassador to Serbia Heinz Wilhelm says Germany's stand on Serbia's further EU integration will depend on Serbia’s platform on the strategy for Kosovo,
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 11:41 | Source: Danas | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Diplomatic sources say that Catherine Ashton has informed Serbian president Tomislav Nikolić about principles for the continuation of the talks with Priština.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 09:35 | Source: Blic | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU Enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule will visit Belgrade next week in order to personally present EC’s report on Serbia’s progress.
četvrtak 4.10.2012 | 09:16 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Vojvodina Executive Council has officially launched an initiative for assessment of constitutionality of the Law on Basis of Budget System.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 19:56 | Source: B92 | Comments: (67) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian authorities on Wednesday decided to ban the gay parade, scheduled for October 6 in Belgrade, and cited security concerns as the reason for the ban.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 18:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The idea that Serbia is not in a hurry to join the EU, which government officials stated in recently, is the most irresponsible view by the current government.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 16:13 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian parliament speaker Nebojša Stefanović and the Vatican’s Ambassador to Serbia Monsignor Orlando Antonini have expressed readiness to improve relations.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 15:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- Chief Hague Tribunal Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will arrive in Serbia on Monday for a two-day visit during which he will confer with Serbia's top officials.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 14:38 | Source: B92 | Comments: (25) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- 19 northern Kosovo businessmen have sent a pre-suit warning letter to B92 leadership, demanding that the airing of investigative program Insider be stopped.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 12:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- It is realistic and feasible for Serbia to get a date for the start of EU accession talks in June, says Faculty of Political Sciences professor Tanja Miščević.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 11:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga has said she is prepared to meet with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić, Priština media reported on Wednesday.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 10:57 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom has supported the Belgrade gay Pride Parade that should be held on October 6.
sreda 3.10.2012 | 09:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (51) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Raška-Prizren Eparchy opposed on Tuesday the removal of an unfinished church in Priština.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 21:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BANJA LUKA -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that cooperation with the Serb Republic (RS) in Bosnia-Herzegovina is of major and strategic importance for Serbia.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 16:51 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade Pride organizing committee member Bojan Stojanović has announced that, should the gay parade be banned, its participants would not go to the streets.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 15:39 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Suzana Grubješić says Serbia must avoid being brought to "Kosovo or the EU" choice, as it can neither give up on its EU path, nor a portion of its territory.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 13:01 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Boris Tadić has said that establishing "good-neighborly relations" with Kosovo was never posed before him as a condition of Serbia's EU accession.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 11:07 | Source: Danas | Comments: (41) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Diplomats from EU member states have expressed their concern over the signals of the Serbian authorities that they may "choose to stall the necessary reforms".
utorak 2.10.2012 | 10:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Goran Ješić has said that 43 out of 45 Democratic Party (DS) boards in Vojvodina have now officially supported Dragan Đilas in his bid to become party leader.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 09:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Dejan Pavićević said late on Monday that Serbia would continue to pursue its European policy but not at the cost of some of the biggest national interests.
utorak 2.10.2012 | 09:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vulin says the talks about Kosovo and Metohija will be technical rather than political, and that they would focus on energy and telecommunications.
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 18:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tomislav Nikolić has caused a stir with his speech delivered at the ruling SNS party gathering on Saturday, with politicians and experts analyzing his words.
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 17:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia is ready to use all the opportunities offered by the Partnership for Peace program, but it is too early to talk about the country's accession to NATO.
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 16:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- EU representative in Serbia Vincent Degert says President Tomislav Nikolić's recent statements "did not signal a change in Serbia's foreign policy".
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 16:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Tomislav Nikolić has said that he is aware that Serbia cannot join the EU without an agreement with Priština, and that there is "no other way for Serbia."
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 12:43 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (33) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić has said that the police would ban the holding of the Belgrade Pride parade if they believe that there would be security risks involved.
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 10:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- If Priština suggests Hashim Thaci as head of its team for talks with Belgrade, Serbia "will have to face it", a European Parliament special rapporteur says.
ponedeljak 1.10.2012 | 09:22 | Source: Danas | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian deputy prime minister in charge of EU integrations has said that Serbia's bid to join the organization was "not easy or simple".
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 15:54 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Kosovo is just one of the issues on the EU pathway but it is not more difficult than combat against corruption or the badly implemented judicial reform.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 15:35 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Finance and Economy Minister Mlađan Dinkić told daily Blic that coordination within the government was excellent.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 14:55 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Sunday that a decision on the holding of the gay Pride Parade would be made in the next several days.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 14:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KNIĆ -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić said on Sunday that Serbia “was not born yesterday and that it will not disappear tomorrow”.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 13:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Democratic Party (DS) President Boris Tadić has said the change of government in Serbia has brought new problems and requirements in EU integration.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 12:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (56) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has stated that Kosovo and Serbia “should normalize their relations”.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 11:35 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
KRAGUJEVAC -- Democratic Party (DS) deputy leader Dragan Đilas presented his program on Saturday but stressed that this was not his official candidacy for the party leader.
nedelja 30.09.2012 | 10:47 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (62) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolić has said that Serbia will have its own conditions in the continuation of the EU integration process.
subota 29.09.2012 | 16:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EULEX Head Xavier Bout de Marnhac has stated that the biggest challenge for his mission is northern Kosovo.
subota 29.09.2012 | 14:43 | Source: Politika | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Eduard Kukan says that it will be clear in the European Commission’s report on October 10 what “normalization of relations with Priština” means.
subota 29.09.2012 | 13:44 | Source: B92, Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- B92 has learnt that Democratic Party (DS) deputy leader Dragan Đilas will today present his program and seek support for his candidacy for the party leader.
subota 29.09.2012 | 13:10 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) elected Aleksandar Vučić as a new party leader and Jorgovanka Tabaković as his deputy at an Assembly session on Saturday.
subota 29.09.2012 | 11:04 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government will set up a team for the direct negotiations with Priština by mid-October at the latest, daily Večernje novosti writes.
subota 29.09.2012 | 11:02 | Source: Beta | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that he expects the next European Commission (EC) report on Serbia to be objective.