March 1991 protest anniversary
Today marks the 16th anniversary of March 9, 1991, mass protests in Belgrade, the first serious blow to Milošević’s regime.Source: B92, Beta
Delegations of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) and the Serbian Democratic Renewal Movement laid wreaths at Knez Mihajlo’s monument in the Republic Square in Belgrade in honor of the memory of the day’s two victims: student Branivoje Milinović and police officer Nedeljko Kosović.
Delegations of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) and the Serbian Democratic Renewal Movement laid wreaths on the Knez Mihajlo’s monument on the Republic Square in Belgrade in honor of the memory of the day’s two victims: student Branivoje Milinović and police officer Nedeljko Kosović.
SPO leader Vuk Drašković said on the occasion that the protesters dealt a fierce blow to the Milošević’s regime, at the time at its peak.
“Milošević’s regime never fully recovered from the blows it suffered during the March 9 protests. All uprisings that followed were inspired by March 9 which remained etched in Serbia’s history,” Drašković said.
“Serbia cannot be proud of the fact that a party living in the shadow of Slobodan Milošević’s politics easily made it to the Parliament, while the party that fought against his criminal regime and gave lives for the cause fell short of crossing the threshold,” Drašković told the gathering.
The March 9, 1991, clashes between police and protesters claimed two lives, and left more than 200 people injured. Several thousand Belgraders participated in the protest.
Following a day of rioting in the capital, former Yugoslav presidency met and decided to send the Yugoslav Army (JNA) units to disperse the demonstrators.
The protest was initiated by the Serbian Renewal Movement, with other opposition parties joining later. The protesters requested that Dušan Mitević, at the time the state television director, and editors Slavko Budihna, Predrag Vitas, Ivan Krivec and Sergej Šestakov resign from their posts.
The protesters labeled the State television “TV Bastille” and protesting its pro-regime editorial policies.