YUGOSLAVIA: Crisis in Croatia

For four nights last week, students rioted in the Croatian city of Zagreb. The demonstrations, which left 400 students under arrest, were one of the worst outbreaks of civil disorder in Yugoslavia since the Communists took control more than 26 years ago. What brought on the violence was a long-simmering dispute between the 4,300,000 fiery-tempered Croats, who form the second-largest and politically most troublesome of Yugoslavia's six republics, and their ancient enemies the Serbs, who have traditionally dominated the central government in Belgrade.

The confrontation took place despite the best efforts of President...

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