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BELGRADE : Test For Milosevic

March 03, 1992

Long-smoldering animosity between supporters of Serbia's ruling Socialist Party and the anti-communist opposition could explode into violence here next Monday.

An anti-government rally called by the Serbian Renewal Movement has been billed as a commemoration of last year's March 9 rioting, in which two young pro-democracy demonstrators were killed by police. Communist President Slobodan Milosevic was nearly ousted from power for brutalizing fellow Serbs after that incident.

Mistrust and resentment of Milosevic have since swelled to unprecedented proportions, as the war that he sparked with Croatia has impoverished Serbia as well.

The opposition rally could provide a lightning rod for that anger.

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