Zvonimir Bakotin on Fri, 16 Jun 2000 13:10:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] <nettime> *target* Vuk Draskovic survived assassination attemptagain

hmm first serbian summer without war around, boring? 
nono, state terrorism eats it's own yesterdays marionets,
Serbian controversal opposition leader Vuk Draskovic
gains his second bonus to survive assassination in 
less than year.


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Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 11:10:10 +0200
From: karel dudesek <dudesek@vis-med.ac.at>
To: Zvonimir Bakotin <zone@Desk.nl>
Subject: pnn

Serb opposition leader recovering after
assassination attempt

June 16, 2000
Web posted at: 4:06 a.m. EDT (0806 GMT)

                  BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Serbian
                  opposition leader Vuk Draskovic was shot
                  and lightly wounded late Thursday at his
                  apartment in Budva, Montenegro, one of
                  his top party officials told CNN.

                  The official said Draskovic was treated
                  and released from a hospital in Kotor, a
                  coastal town in Yugoslavia's smaller,
                  pro-Western republic.

                  The wounds, he said, were not
                  life-threatening. Draskovic was reported to
                  have been struck in the head and one ear.

                  "Just before midnight, a new assassination
                  attempt was made on Vuk Draskovic.
                  Several volleys were fired through the window of his house in Budva," said
                  Milena Popovic, head of the press office of Draskovic's Serbian Renewal
                  Movement. Draskovic was at his vacation home on the Montenegrin coast.

                  More than one man entered the apartment and started shooting, sources said.
                  Draskovic tried to protect himself behind a table. One source said Draskovic had
                  managed to hide somewhere in the apartment and later escaped.

                  An adviser to Draskovic said the attack appeared
                  to have been carried out with an automatic
                  weapon; the apartment was riddled with bullets.

                  Draskovic reportedly was in his apartment alone at the time of the shooting. His
                  wife later joined him at the hospital.

                  There is no indication of who was responsible for the attack or why it occurred.
                  No one has been accused in connection with it.

                  The charismatic opposition leader, who claims the most support among
                  opposition leaders in Yugoslavia's dominant republic Serbia, has alleged the
                  government tried to kill him last year in a road accident that killed four close
                  aides. Officials from Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's government have
                  denied those charges.

                  Draskovic regularly accuses the authorities of "state terror" over last year's car
                  crash, in which he was slightly injured.

                  Officials have denied having anything to do with the incident, in which a truck
                  carrying sand veered into two cars carrying Draskovic and his friends.

                  Police say they have not been able to find the driver or owner of the truck.

                  The shooting on Thursday follows a string of mysterious assassinations of
                  officials and underworld figures in Belgrade.

                  Earlier this month Goran Zugic, the security adviser to Montenegro's
                  pro-Western President Milo Djukanovic was gunned down in front of his home
                  in Podgorica shortly before two key local elections.

                  Milosevic's government blames Western agents it says are intend on destroying,
                  then occupying Serbia.

                  In January Zeljko Raznatovic, known as Arkan and Serbia's most famous
                  warlord, was killed in Belgrade. One month later Defense Minister Pavle
                  Bulatovic was shot dead in a restaurant in the Yugoslav capital.

                  The government has cracked down on dissent this year, accusing Draskovic and
                  other opposition leaders of "terrorism."

                  Earlier this month the government took of the television station in Belgrade which
                  Draskovic runs through his party's leadership of the city council.

                  It also took over the public transport service in the city after opposition activists
                  urged Draskovic to use the buses to blockade government buildings.

                  A few days later Draskovic's bodyguards were arrested for carrying guns when
                  they came to get him at the Belgrade airport after a visit to Russia.

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