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Belgrade: Diktator Jatuh Polis 'Jinak' Pula
By Mat Teropong
6/10/2000 6:10 pm Fri
BILA DIKTATOR JATUH TERSUNGKUR, POLIS LIAR TERUS 'JINAK'
Rakyat yang sudah letih dengan kediktatoran Milasovic sedang
menyerbu perkarangan parlimen di mana pihak polis hanya menunjukkan
sikap bertahan tanpa bertindak ganas seperti yang dilakukan di masa
Diharapan Mahathir Mohammad menyaksikan apa yang berlaku ini ketika
dia masih lagi berada di London dan mengambil iktibar darinya.
RAKYAT MENGGUNUNG MENYAMBUT KEJATUHAN DIKTATOR MILOSEVIC
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia, (CNN):
Vojislav Kostunica muncul di kaca TV - sebagai presiden baru.
Milosevic tidak kelihatan dan tidak diketahui kemana perginya. Agensi berita
bebas Beta melapurkan tiga pesawat berlepas dari lapangan terbang tentera
dekat bandar Yugoslav pada jam 8.20 mlm.
"Rumah Milosevic gelap..", mengikut seorang pegawai di Washington.
"Tidak ada kawalan keselamatan" di sekitar rumah itu seperti biasa,
tiada "kereta", tiada "pergerakkan".
Pegawai perisik mengatakan mereka merasa "bersemangat" untuk melihat
"beberapa" kerat tentera Yugoslav dan polis khas (spesial) yang dikenali
sebagai "MUP" (siput babi ke?) bersama-sama diantara ramai rakyat yang
memprotes pada hari Khamis itu.
"Bila ia berlaku (dalam angka yang begitu besar),
ia sudah berakhir", menurut seorang pegawai.
Perisik US menganggarkan jumlah rakyat yang memprotes mencecah 500,000
Pemimpin pembangkang melahirkan rasa "terkejut"
dengan sokongan diluar dugaan dalam demonstrasi untuk menyahkan
Menurut wakil agensi berita CNN, sikap pegawai keselamatan
yang sudah tidak melawan para penunjuk perasaan adalah
Beberapa orang polis dan askar dilihat tersenyum dan berjabat
tangan dengan para penunjuk perasaan.
Rencana Asal CNN:
Huge crowds celebrate apparent fall of Milosevic
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN) -- Huge crowds are on the streets of Belgrade,
celebrating what appears to be the overthrow of President Milosevic after a
day of mass protests.
The new political situation appeared to be confirmed shortly before midnight
local time (2200 GMT) when Vojislav Kostunica appeared on state television
described as the new president.
In a wide-ranging interview, Kostunica revealed that he hoped sanctions
imposed on Yugoslavia could be lifted as early as Monday.
The opposition leader said he had been promised by France that the sanctions
against Yugoslavia would be lifted at Monday's meeting of the European Council.
Kostunica also appealed to police to prevent looting, after a day of
demonstrations in Belgrade that left his supporters in control of the
parliament and key media outlets.
Despite unanimous support for the opposition movement from western leaders, he said
Yugoslavia would not forget, "the NATO aggression, but we can't live against the grain"
and he said he hoped to be able to restore "normal relations with the world."
Milosevic has not been seen and his whereabouts are unknown. The independent
Beta news agency reported that three aircraft took off from a military airport
near the Yugoslav capital at 8.20 p.m. local time.
Milosevic'a suburban Belgrade home appears to have been vacated, U.S.
intelligence sources monitoring the still developing situation there
said late Thursday.
"The house is dark", said an informed official in Washington. "There is no
security" around the home as would normally be expected, there are
"no cars" and "no movement" at Milosevic's home outside of Belgrade, the
This is counter to published reports that the house is guarded and Milosevic has been
known to hide in various secret locations-- as reported during the NATO bombing.
Intelligence officials said they were "encouraged" to have seen "some numbers" of
Yugoslav army and special police forces known as "MUP" joining protesters at Thursday's
massive rally in Belgrade.
"When that happens (in significant numbers), it's all over", one official said.
U.S. intelligence estimates that the crowd involved in the protest reached 500,000.
U.S. intelligence officials are watching all unusual flights in and out of Serbia for any signs
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic may intend to seek refuge in another country.
Opposition leaders admitted they were "stunned" by the scale of the popular demonstration to oust
Milosevic on Thursday.
Protesters stormed the Yugoslav parliament building, setting it on fire, smashing windows
and throwing out books and portraits of the
State television initially reported that hooligans were attempting to take over the parliament. After
that, its hourly news bulletins were dropped and then it was knocked off air when protesters set
the building ablaze.
It has now been re-opened under a new name - and is broadcasting for the first time pictures of
the day's dramatic events in Belgrade to other parts of the country.
The footage shows police using tear gas to try to disperse the demonstrators. Some police,
apparently siding with the opposition supporters, allowed some of the crowd into the building.
But CNN's Belgrade bureau chief Alessio Vinci says one of the most surprising
aspects of the demonstration was the lack of resistance offered by the security
Very few police were seen at the height of the protest and soldiers were seen
shaking hands and smiling with the demonstrators.
The independent Beta news agency reported on Thursday night that the Yugoslav
army would stay in its barracks.
It quotes an unnamed military source as saying, "The Yugoslav army will in no
way interfere in street events. Yugoslav army members have always stayed aside,
respecting their constitutional role."
Earlier opposition leaders said they wanted a statement from the army supporting
None has been forthcoming and opposition leaders are encouraging the
demonstrators to spend all night on the streets until Milosevic officially admits
Vinci said the people are in party mood and appear happy to do that.
"We're seeing hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets of Belgrade
and just celebrating. We've seen them dancing, we've seen them singing,
drinking," he said.
"There's really a feeling here that the people this time have won their
decade-long struggle against President Milosevic."
Thursday's events in Belgrade have been welcomed by prominent world
President Clinton said: "The people of Serbia have spoken with their ballots,
they have spoken on the streets. I hope the hour is near when their voices will
be heard and we can welcome them to democracy, to Europe to the world's
"And when they do, we will move as quickly as possible to lift the sanctions
and build the kind of real partnership that the people there deserve."
Even Milosevic's last ally finally appeared to desert him. Russian President
Vladimir Putin declared that he wants to see an end to Yugoslavia's international
isolation and for the country to develop along democratic lines.