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Novi Sad at standstill, even state media

NOVI SAD, Friday - The Vojvodina capital of Novi Sad ground to a halt at 2.00 p.m. today, City Assembly senior official Predrag Filipov said a short time ago.

"Everything is at a standstill, all the city's public companies and all public services except water supply and rubbish disposal. The buses will operate only during rush hours," said Filipov, adding that markets had closed and taxis, cinemas and theatres had stopped operation.

Staff at Radio Television Novi Sad, part of the state media network, have also announced they will strike after Radio Television Serbia management refused to allow the broadcast of election results from the opposition headquarters. Seventy staff of the broadcaster had signed a petition appealing against the decision by 1.00 p.m. There have been a number of uniformed and plainclothes police inside the Television Novi Sad building since the morning.

Teaching staff from the Serbian Language and Literature department of the Faculty of Philology at Novi Sad University have also joined the strike.

Source: B92

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