Otpor presents demands to opposition

May 30, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) Otpor on 27 May sent the leaders of the opposition parties a proposal to draw up a "strategy of national defense against violence and repression," RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported.

Otpor asked for a reply by 31 May. The students want a strategy meeting on 1 June in Belgrade that will include representatives of all cities and communities. The students stressed to the fractious parties that "if you are not willing to take steps [for a joint action program], we will do it alone," London's "The Observer" reported.

An Otpor spokesman told a rally of 15,000 people in Belgrade that too much time has been wasted on "senseless meetings."

"Vesti" noted on 29 May, however, that most people remain afraid of the regime and its police and are reluctant to attend mass rallies.

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