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YUGOSLAVIA: POWER CHANGES HANDS

Voices

October 07, 2000

"I am convinced that we are gradually getting back to normal, and I believe the crisis is behind us."

--President-elect Vojislav Kostunica

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"Democracy has reclaimed every piece of ground [Slobodan Milosevic] took. The greatest remaining obstacle to the long-held dream of a peaceful, undivided Europe for the first time in history is now removed."

--President Clinton

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"We toppled Milosevic; we hoisted a flag on the federal parliament; we captured 37 policemen and 11 looters. We are very happy, and we are tired now."

--Nemanja Tadic, Yugoslav war veteran turned protester

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"God forbid that they see my uniform."

--Serbian police officer hiding from protesters

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"I congratulate Mr. Kostunica on his electoral victory, and I wish much success to all citizens of Yugoslavia."

--Slobodan Milosevic, in a halting, emotion-chocked voice

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"Slobodan, are you counting your last minutes?"

--Poster carried by a protester in Belgrade

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Source: Wire reports

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