Hundreds of thousands march at funeral
Published Mar 21, 2006 10:37 PM
Supporters of Slobodan Milosevic
surround coffin during a memorial service
in Pozarevac before the funeral.
thousands of people gathered for Slobodan Milosevic’s funeral in Belgrade
on March 18. Cathrin Schuetz, a leading member of Milosevic’s defense
committee (ICDSM) from Germany, said, “The view from the podium was
impressive. People filled the main square and the side streets as far as the eye
could see.” (Junge Welt, Jan. 20)
From the time Milosevic’s
body was flown from The Hague to Belgrade on March 15 to his burial in his
nearby hometown of Pozarevac, the corporate media in Western Europe and the
United States attempted to minimize the number of mourners. First reports put
them at “hundreds,” and later ones claimed they were all older,
Schuetz made it clear that not only was the funeral march
massive—one Belgrade radio station said 500,000 were present—but
that it was made up of people of all ages who expressed both sorrow at
Milosevic’s death and rage at those who persecuted him.
international delegation from the ICDSM were former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey
Clark, Velko Valkanov from Bulgaria, Aldo Bernardini from Italy, June Kelly from
Ireland and a member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of Greece.
Russia sent a delegation, in which all parliament parties were represented,
among them Konstantin Satulin of President Vladimir Putin’s party, Sergei
Baburin, vice-speaker of the parliament, chairperson of the Communist Party of
the Russian Federation Gennadi Zyuganov and retired Gen. R. Leonid
The pro-Western government in Serbia prevented Milosevic’s
closest family members from attending the funeral, including his widow and
political comrade of almost five decades, Mira Markovic, and their son Marko
Milosevic, because criminal charges in Serbia—widely recognized as trumped
up and political in nature—hang over both of them.
Clark had visited
Yugoslavia with a delegation from the International Action Center twice during
the U.S.-NATO 78-day bombing attack in 1999. Speaking at the funeral ceremonies,
he concluded, “History will prove Milosevic was right. Charges are just
that, charges. The tribunal did not have facts.”
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