TAKING TO THE STREETS

IN THE HUGE PROTESTS, A POLITICAL STAR IS BORN, AND SERBIA'S STRONGMAN CONFRONTS A RIVAL AT LAST

Fate sometimes provides by taking away. For six years, Zoran Djindjic backed nearly every idea, every group and every trend that might lessen the absolute hold on power enjoyed by his country's imperious, corrupt and autocratic President, Slobodan Milosevic. But the despotic leader stood unbowed and seemingly unconquerable. Relentless in his quest, Djindjic decided to run for mayor of Serbia's capital, Belgrade. Three weeks ago, to the astonishment of many observers, he won. Then, to no one's real surprise, Milosevic reacted to his party's stunning defeat by ordering the courts to annul the election, in which 14 other city halls were...

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