کارادزیچ، با وجود اعتراضات خشونت بار از سوی وفادارنش، برای محاکمه به لاهه فرستاده شد. گویی بخش زیادی از مردم صرب هنوز نمیدانند یا باور ندارند که کارادزیچ مرتکب جنایت جنگی شده است.
متن زیر را مستقیما از اینجا برداشتم.
Karadzic Sent to Hague for Trial Despite Violent Protest by Loyalists
He is the highest-level politician from the former Yugoslavia to be transferred to the court since Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian president, who was arrested in 2001 and died in his cell there in 2006 while awaiting a verdict.
The indictment of Mr. Karadzic charges that as president of the Bosnian Serb republic in the early 1990s, he helped orchestrate a 43-month siege of the city of Sarajevo, devised a systematic campaign to kill or drive out tens of thousands of non-Serbs from Serbian towns and villages, set up concentration camps and was an engineer of the massacre of nearly 8,000 unarmed men and boys captured at the United Nations-protected enclave of Srebrenica, in Europe’s worst mass execution since World War II.
... About 15,000 supporters, some bused in from across Serbia and Bosnia by the far-right Radical Party, gathered on Tuesday to protest the new government that arrested him on July 21.
“Karadzic is a hero because he defended Serb lives during the terrible wars of the 1990s,” said Elena Pavovski, 24, a supporter of the Radical Party, whose members sang patriotic songs next to a banner on Republic Square that threatened Serbia’s pro-Western president, Boris Tadic. “Everyone knows that the war crimes tribunal in The Hague was designed to try Serbs while the war criminals who killed Serbs are set free.”
Belgrade had made clear it was determined to send Mr. Karadzic to The Hague as swiftly as possible to prevent an escalation in tensions and to satisfy the European Union, which considers handing over war crimes suspects a prerequisite for Serbia to join the union. Diplomats for the European Union said Brussels postponed a trade deal with Serbia on Tuesday to wait for Mr. Karadzic’s transfer to take place.
“Our elites refuse to confront openly what Serbia did, for fear of being branded as traitors,” Brankica Stankovic, one of the country’s leading television journalists, said Tuesday.
Ms. Pavovski, the Radical Party supporter, said she was unmoved by what had happened at Srebrenica.
“Nobody has proved that a massacre took place,” she said. “Srebrenica is the product of a media war against Serbia and the Serbian people. Karadzic was fighting to defend Serbia.”
An opinion poll published three years ago by Strategic Marketing Research in Belgrade found that more than half of 1,200 respondents either did not know about war crimes in Bosnia, or did not believe they had taken place.
The failure to grapple with the past, analysts said, has been exacerbated by the belief of some Serbs that the United Nations tribunal in The Hague is an unjust entity meant to prosecute Serbs.
Mr. Karadzic’s supporters said they were incensed by the recent release of high-profile suspects accused of war crimes against Serbs, including Naser Oric, a Bosnian Muslim, and Ramush Haradinaj, an ethnic-Albanian former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Natasa Kandic, director of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, said the Serbian public had been graphically confronted with the facts of Srebrenica for the first time in June 2005, when Serbian television broadcast a video of the killing of six Muslim men by members of a Serbian paramilitary unit.
But while the video showed irrefutable proof that Serbia’s police had taken part in the massacre, she said there remained public amnesia about the killings.
“Srebrenica is not taught in our history books in schools, it is not widely shown in popular culture,” Ms. Kandic said. “This country needs to have a historical reckoning about the past.”
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