Regime slams Otpor

BELGRADE, May 8, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) In Belgrade on 4 March, indicted war criminal and Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic called Otpor a "fascist formation," RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported.

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Vojislav Seselj said that Otpor is an "illegal, fascist organization" bent on making trouble, AP reported.

Other regime supporters have described Otpor as funded by the CIA and NATO.

In related news, the authorities fined Studio B Television $6,200 on 4 May for reporting "false news" in conjunction with the incident in Pozarevac. A $10,000 fine was recently handed down to Studio B Television on similar charges (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 4 May 2000).

On 5 May, station director Dragan Kojadinovic told Reuters that Studio B will not pay the fines. "We will not pay, they will have to block our accounts. We will have three trials in 30 hours.

We will no longer appear at these trials. We don't want to waste our strength and our energy," he added.

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