Saturday, May 26, 2007

Pro Mladic Rally in Serbia

BELGRADE -- Some 200 SRS members gathered in front of the B92 building in New Belgrade.

Serb Radical Party (SRS) lawmakers and activists placed posters with Hague fugitive Ratko Mladić's and Vojislav Sheshel's name in New Belgrade. (FoNet)

They responded to calls from the Serb Radical Party lawmakers to paste “Ratko Mladić Boulevard” posters in a street recently named after slain prime minister Zoran Đinđić. The Radicals have decided to place posters bearing the name of the Hague indictee in protest of the arrests of persons who put up similar posters last week.
After gathering at a street corner, the SRS activists walked to the building housing B92 radio, television and internet offices, pasting several posters on the walls, chanting Mladić’s name and shouting insults at the employees. Party official and member of the Serbian parliament Aleksandar Vučić addressed the gathering. “This is our way of demonstrating they cannot frighten us and that freedom has been and remains the most important thing in Serbia, so let them come and arrest us. We expect them with enthusiasm and see no problem it that,” Vučić said, after pasting a poster himself. “Our protest was carried out because in Serbia today, kids and young people, as well as everyone else, have no right to think differently from the anti-Serbian regime of Boris Tadić and Vojislav Koštunica,” he concluded.
Ratko Mladić has been indicted by the ICTY for war crimes and genocide committed in Bosnia during the 1992-1995 war in that country. The former Bosnian Serb Army(VRS) general and commander was charged with being responsible for the deaths of approximately 8,000 Srebrenica Muslims and has been on the run for the past 14 years.
Sociologist Milan Nikolić told B92 the lasted campaign of support for Mladić did damage to Serbia’s image abroad. “Research shows that the Radical’s target group is comprised of citizens with low income, poor education, as well as refugees and IDPs. However, the interests of the citizens in question will not be served by Serbia’s deteriorating position in the international community,” Nikolić said. “Viewed from abroad, the Radicals are the representatives of Serbia’s political elite,” Nikolić said, adding that the SRS has its members in Serbia’s delegation to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.
When Serbia became a member in 2003, it undertook the obligation to accept and promote the values of that institution, including the rule of law. G17 Plus: Prosecutor should file chargesMeanwhile, G17 Plus has called on the state prosecutor to file criminal charges against responsible persons from the Serb Radical Party (SRS), who organized today’s Mladić poster campaign. In a statement issued Saturday, G17 Plus said the act was a criminal offense punishable by law and that organizers had to face the consequences. “We expect the police to start proceedings against the responsible persons from the SRS based on charges of disturbance of public order,” the statement said.
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