Slobodan Milosevic was sworn in today as Yugoslavia's president, then faced thousands of opponents who hurled shoes at his car and skirmished with police sent in to quash their protest.
Milosevic's opponents had gathered on the streets of Belgrade before the inauguration but were barred by police from reaching the downtown Parliament building, where he was being sworn in.
But more than 1,000 managed to reach a park across from Parliament, where they bombarded Milosevic's limousine with shoes and other improvised missiles when he departed, chanting, "Red bandits!"
Demonstrators had been told to bring thousands of old shoes to symbolize the more than 200,000 young people who have fled Milosevic's autocratic regime and the Yugoslav war.
Milosevic, who served as Serbia's president, was elected president of the Yugoslav federation July 15 in a hastily organized vote that opposition parties said was illegal.