Skip to comments.Serb nationalists clash with police after Karadzic arrest
Posted on 07/22/2008 1:45:41 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Belgrade - Serb nationalists protesting the arrest of Bosnian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic trashed businesses and clashed with police Tuesday in downtown Belgrade, news reports said.
After several hundred demonstrators gathered at Republic Square, a group of about 50 broke chairs and windows in several bars and attacked police. They fled when riot police appeared.
Three young men were arrested, Serb media said. No injuries were reported.
The protesters, who sang patriotic songs and wore shirts with Karadzic's face, began dispersing after a speech by the secretary- general of the ultranationalist Radical Party, Aleksandar Vucic.
Vucic said the Radicals would organize large protests in the next few days.
'I hope we'll organize large, massive protests and that we will show that we didn't kill Serbia,' he said.
The Radicals were the only one Serb party not to welcome Karadzic's arrest, which they compared to killing Serbia. Serbian authorities and European Union governments welcomed the arrest as a step toward the EU.
Karadzic, indicted on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, was arrested Monday night in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, after 12 years on the run.
Serbian radicals express regret with Karadzic arrest - July 22, 2008 - Belgrade. The Deputy Chairman of the Serbian Radical Party Tomislav Nikolic said that Radovan Karadzic was not a war criminal and his only problem was the fact that he was a Serb, RIA Novosti reports.
This is a difficult day in the Serbian history, because Radovan Karadjic was captured, Nikolic said, speaking with journalists in Belgrade.
Bosnian Serb Hardliners 'Angry' at Arrest - July 22, 2008 - Serbian Democratic Party members from Republika Srpska consider that the arrest of the former leader is shameful, adding that they do not believe that the Hague Tribunal is impartial. The Serbian Democratic Party, SDS, which was led by Radovan Karadzic for many years, is surprised by his arrest. Its members do not believe that he will have a fair trial before the Hague Tribunal, which they consider as "an anti-Serbian court".
"We are surprised. The arrest of Radovan Karadzic comes as a consequence of the establishment of new government in Serbia. In general, we do not trust the Hague Tribunal. We consider that it does not bring justice, and, as proven so many times up to now, this is a political court," says Mladen Bosic, current SDS president.
Besides those who share Karadzic's political ideas, members of the Serbian Radical Party of Republika Srpska and members of "Vojislav Seselj's" Radical Party are disappointed by the arrest. Milanko Mihajlica, President of the Serbian Radical Party, told reporters that Karadzic's arrest represents "the biggest Serbian dishonor, misery and orchestrated historical deception".
Mirko Blagojevic, President of "Vojislav Seselj's" Serbian Radical Party, says that he was "very upset" when he heard about the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, adding that he tried to hide "tears from his family".
"I was up all night. This is very hard. One should not be ashamed of crying about a man like Radovan Karadzic, who will be handed over to a political, anti-Serbian court," Blagojevic told Justice Report.
"I must say that I am unhappy. Those who feel happy today, do not have any reasons for that. Karadzic did so many things to preserve peace in Bosnia and to save the Serbian people, whose leader he once was," Blagojevic said...
Whatever will the Serb-haters whine about now?
Latest screen name for Ronly Bonly Jones, I see. Think the Moderators are blind?
Ronly Bonly Jones latest incarnation seems content to bait folks using PM’s along.
He’s going to hate watching the trial if the truth about the so-called Srebrenica (Squawk!) “Massacre” come out into the light.
Can't even make a good Spartan movie with those numbers.
'We are with you, President' - 07/24/2008 - Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Posters calling arrested Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic a "hero" were plastered around the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad on Thursday. Bearing the picture of the wartime Bosnian Serb political leader, the posters declaring "We are with you, President" had appeared overnight but were hastily removed by police in the morning.
"We will not betray you," said a poster bearing Mladic's face. Other posters showed images of the pair together, declaring them "Serbian heroes".
I put them on the same level as the people who faint during Obama rallies.
Pro-Karadzic vigils were held also in Banja Luka, capital of Republika Srpska, and Pale, the war-time base of Karadzic and Mladic in the mountains above Sarajevo. Many people carried pictures of Karadzic. Most Bosnian Serbs see both him and Mladic as heroic defenders of the Serb nation and say the charges are false accusations founded on anti-Serb propaganda. "More than 200 Bosnian Serb war veterans are ready to testify in The Hague that Karadzic is innocent, and prove that there was also Serb victims in that war," said Slavko Jovicic, a member of a veterans' association, who was marching in Pale in support of Karadzic. In Bratunac, a young woman explained she was at the vigil because "I am a Serb and I love Republikla Srpska and Serbia".
Karadzic supporters threaten chaos - July 28, 2008 - Hard-line supporters of Serbian mass killer Radovan Karadzic are threatening to bring violent chaos to Belgrade on Tuesday with a huge rally in his support. The former president will probably still be in the country after plans to extradite him to the UN war crimes tribunal on genocide charges hit delays on Monday. There were fears that the ultra-nationalists plan to prevent Karadzic's extradition by force. The rally organisers - the right-wing Serbian Radical Party - were bringing in supporters from all over Serbia and Bosnia. The court in Belgrade dealing with the ex-Bosnian Serb leader's case said that his appeal against extradition had not yet arrived. Karadzic's lawyer Svetozar Vujacic admitted he posted the appeal at the last possible moment late on Friday, trying to delay Karadzic's extradition until after the rally. "Karadzic is a Bosnian Serb citizen, so it would be logical that the appeal was mailed from Bosnia," Mr Vujacic said on Monday. "I wouldn't rule out that my appeal grows a beard and moustache before it gets here."
Mr Vujacic said: "They (the authorities) are using all illegal means to try send him to The Hague before the rally." "Karadzic and I want to make sure it does not happen."
Belgrade braced for backlash - July 28 2008 - Police in riot gear took up positions around the Serbian capital Belgrade yesterday, in a show of strength aimed at preventing a violent nationalist backlash over the expected extradition of Radovan Karadzic to The Hague this week.
In a further sign of the darkening political atmosphere, a hardline nationalist MP, Vjerica Radeta, at the weekend pointedly likened Mr Tadic to Zoran Djindjic, the pro-western prime minister assassinated in 2003. "We remind Tadic that in Serbia there is no forgiveness for treachery. We are not threatening, just warning him of the curse that follows all traitors in Serbian history," she said at a Radical Party press conference at the weekend. Slobodan Radovanovic, acting chief prosecutor, asked for video tape of the press conference, adding the he would investigate "any events that may threaten the security of the state and undermine peace and stability".
Death threats to Serbian president over Karadzic arrest - Jul 26, 2008 - Belgrade - After the arrest of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic, Serbian President Boris Tadic has received death threats, the president's office confirmed Saturday. 'You are a dead man,' 'Remember God is great and the curse is upon you,' 'You call yourself a Serb? You betrayed the Serbs and God willing you'll end up like Djindjic' were just some of the threats that began coming into the president's office e-mail a day after the arrest of Karadzic.
On Friday, a high ranking official of the opposition ultra- nationalist Radical Party, Vjerica Radeta, called Tadic 'a traitor' and warned him that he will end up like Djindjic. She also accused Tadic of sending 'provocateurs' to beat up journalists who covered street protests in Belgrade. Radicals and several ultra-nationalist organizations have organized daily street protests in Belgrade over the arrest of Karadzic. Several journalists were attacked during the protests and one was seriously injured. Protesters also clashed with police and smashed offices and bars. Radicals plan to hold an 'All Serbs' protest on Tuesday.
I can find you more Obama supporters in the US than Karadzic supporters in Serbia.
Who represents more of a threat to America, I wonder?
The Serbs arrested him and the Serb-haters STILL want to whine, whine, whine about it. What a pack of sissies!
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