Serbia: Taking the gag off
nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Fri Nov 7 09:02:15 MST 2003
This is really good news. The Serbian working class has begun the
siege of the Quisling government in Belgrade. In my own country, the
press has not given a single line of newspaper space (not to speak of
absolute blindness on other media) to these events, which may turn
down the whole effort of imperialism in the South Western Balkans.
So that I am trying to help by taking the gag off at least some of
the media: our lists.
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N° 67 6 nov. 2003
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In this special issue :
(articles only in English)
TOWARDS THE END OF THE DOS SERBIAN QUISLINGS !
PART 2 : THE FIGHT FOR PEOPLES SOVEREIGNTY: IN THE HAGUE STAR
AND ON THE STREETS OF BELGRADE, IT IS ONE STRUGGLE!
Analysis from the Canadian Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic :
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC IS DEFENDING JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL PEOPLE
President Milosevic warned of the loss of economic sovereignty,
privatization, and their consequences
In his address to the Yugoslav people on October 2nd, 2000, President
Slobodan Milosevic implored the citizens of Yugoslavia protect their
dignity and independence against the assault of foreign domination.
All countries finding themselves with limited sovereignty and with
governments controlled by foreign powers, speedily become
a way that destroys all hope for more just and humane social
A great division into a poor majority and a rich minority, this has
the picture in Eastern Europe for some years now that we can all see.
That picture would also include us. Under the control of the new
our country we too would quickly have a tremendous majority of the
poor, whose prospects of coming out of their poverty would be very
uncertain, very distant.
The rich minority would be made up of the black marketeering elite,
would be allowed to stay rich only on condition that it was fully
the outside, controlling powers.
Public and social property would quickly be transformed into private
property, but its owners, as demonstrated by the experience of our
neighbors, would be foreigners. Among the few exceptions would be
who would buy their right to own property by their loyalty and
which would lead to the elimination of elementary national and human
The greatest national assets in such circumstances become the
foreigners, and the people who used to manage them continue to do so,
as employees of foreign companies in their own country.
National humiliation, state fragmentation and social misery would
necessarily lead to many forms of social pathology, of which crime
be the first. This is not just a supposition, this is the experience
all countries which have taken the path that we are trying to avoid
The capitals of European crime are no longer in the west, they were
to Eastern Europe a decade ago.
As the NATO powers pointed a gun to the heads of Yugoslavias
and drenched them with propaganda via their local hirelings,
Milosevic appreciated that not everybody would heed his warnings. He
expressed the following hope: "Citizens, you must make up your own
whether to believe me or not. My only wish is that they do not
am telling the truth when it is too late, that they do not realize
it has become so much more difficult to correct mistakes that some
have made, naively, superficially or erroneously."
It is not too late
For five consecutive days, Belgrade has been at the heart of an
extraordinary upheaval. Workers have descended upon the Parliament,
tens of thousands, demanding an end to privatization, and the
of the so-called pro-democracy government which, while committing
constitutional breaches and making a repressive mockery of democratic
norms, has created unimaginably desperate living conditions for the
of Serbia. With an unemployment rate of at least 30%, it is galling
read the smug, condescending rebukes of the mainstream press, who
workers are unhappy or impatient with the "painful process" of
privatization, and would prefer a "radical" improvement of their
of life. The indignities suffered by the people of Yugoslavia are
many to mention. Since 1990, every attempt has been made by the US
Western powers to defeat Yugoslavias sovereignty: from IMF blackmail
cluster bombs and depleted uranium, and along the way the fomenting
civil war, unrest, poverty, the financing and encouragement of
the sowing and exacerbation of hatred, fear, and hopelessness.
Today, Serbian steel workers, now employed by the giant multinational
Steel, who purchased the Smederevo steel company which used to
the workers for a measly $23 million as part of the DOSs
"pro-democracy" fire-sale, are striking for the right to make a bit
than one dollar an hour. Workers all over the country now reject the
humiliation of foreign domination and the immiseration of their
compatriots in this looting spree brought by NATO bayonets and the
bearing the cynical euphemism of reforms. They are demanding
for their dignity and a return of their sovereign rights. How
this principled struggle points up the prescience and wisdom of
President Milosevic Defends the Ideals of Yugoslavia from a cell in
For the past seventeen months, President Slobodan Milosevic has
the dignity of his fellow citizens in an ever-increasingly secretive,
unfair and illegal process. The International Criminal Tribunal for
Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), born of political pressure from the US
administration which has institutionalized legal impunity for its
crimes does not intend to conduct a trial that would meet
standards of justice. The show-trial of President Milosevic provides
"legal" cover for the US/NATO policy of regime change in Yugoslavia.
President Milosevic has never wavered in his characterization of the
as an illegal, illegitimate tool of the US and NATO powers against
sovereignty of a nation they destroyed. He has taken every
defend the dignity of his nation, and reveal the perfidy that broke
An unfair process
As the process wears on, the Trial Chamber's effort to stifle the
defendant have gone from outrageous to pathetic. First, the major
pulled out of The Hague, complicit in the browning-out of President
Milosevic's articulate and effective defense. Then, without
has weathered successively more transparent attempts to exhaust him
has maintained remarkable poise in life-threatening conditions.
In November of last year, the ICDSM requested standing before the
to argue that Slobodan Milosevic's medical condition required
specialized medical attention, and that his state of health required
released from custody, given adequate time for his convalescence, and
allowed to prepare his defence in a non-custodial setting. The ICTY
not granted this request, nor has it denied it. The "Tribunal" has
In brazen complicity with the ICTY, the Belgrade regime persecutes
family of President Milosevic, preventing him even from receiving
from his wife and son.
Slobodan Milosevic cannot meet with his closest associates and
the Registrar has banned him from contact with members of his party,
SPS, (Socialist Party of Serbia) and "associated entities". Sloboda,
leading association in defence of President Milosevic has been listed
banned group. The Registrar applied this measure based on the
that two SPS members who had visited him had spoken to the press.
"Associated entities" could be anyone - it is left to the discretion
the Registrar. This is an attempt to silence President Milosevic and
interfere with the preparation of his defence. Sloboda has challenged
ban on legal grounds. It has yet to hear from the ICTY.
A public trial?
Article 11 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms
presumption of innocence and the right of the accused to a public
But the "trial" of Slobodan Milosevic is often not public, and
from international public scrutiny. Security concerns are
invoked to justify the numerous closed sessions, pseudonymous
and ex parte motions filed by the Prosecutor, motions whose content
Milosevic is not entitled to review. In the past six months, the
has handed down several decisions following ex parte motions.
fundamental right is to be present for one's own trial. If Mr.
cannot read Prosecution submissions to the judges, let alone respond
them, can it be said that he is actually present at his trial?
The ICTY has now authorized the admission into evidence of written
statements. It has become impossible to follow the trial. Witnesses
declare that their statements are true, and President Milosevic is
afforded a mere hour to cross-examine them. The public can only try
speculate as to the content of the witness' evidence. At least we can
say that this is no longer a "Show Trial", but rather a strictly
Less time, fewer questions!
So effective has been Slobodan Milosevic in hammering home the
NATO's aggression against his nation, and the conspiracy to dismember
Yugoslavia, with consequences now being felt and courageously
by the people of Serbia, that the ICTY is determined to prevent him
continuing. Cross-examination has been severely curtailed and he has
barred, with respect to certain witnesses, from asking questions with
respect to their credibility. This is unheard of in any adversarial
system, such as the ICTY purports to be.
When President Milosevic attempted to question the Deputy Prosecutor
appeared as a witness!) about their position namely, supine with
respect to NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, whether the Prosecutor had
"objectively" and "without bias" in summarily dismissing a request to
investigate a large number of egregious violations of International
including the Geneva Conventions, Mr. Milosevic was told by the
of the Chamber that it was "irrelevant". He was told that if he did
ask questions "as ordered" he would not have the right to ask
all. A question pointing up the protection of Al Qaeda-supported
terrorism in Kosovo by the ICTY and its NATO sponsors met with a
reaction. The "amicus curiae," friend of the court, appointed
President's Milosevic's will, attempted to intervene but was
a visibly angry President of the Chamber.
What comes next?
President Milosevic has been afforded a mere three months to prepare
defence, while the Prosecution has been accumulating evidence since
ICTY was established in 1993. The Prosecution has stalled throughout
case, and is still adding witnesses to its list, as well as changing,
the last minute, the order in which they are to appear. But the ICTY
ordered President Milosevic to provide a witness list only six weeks
the close of the seemingly endless Prosecution case. All the while,
Prosecution blames President Milosevic for the delays. They blame
health for which they are responsible and they blame him for
the court's time" by asking embarrassing questions.
He has received millions of pages of documents, as well as thousands
tapes, exhibits and photos. Isolated from his closest associates,
preparation of the defence phase and the crucial matter of defence
witnesses is severely impaired.
After twenty-one months of this process, nothing has been proven
President Milosevic, and thanks to his unerring determination, much
been proven about the ICTY's purely political nature. He could very
invite the Chamber to take notice of the Prosecution's failure to
establish a single count of the Prosecution's fantastic indictments.
one indictment, the so-called "Kosovo" indictment, has shown itself
of any use it served to isolate the leadership and people of
demonize them, and to justify a gruesome 78-day bombing campaign that
barely lifted an eyebrow in the West, even among so many who claim to
What is more, it is not clear that this institution has the power to
compel witnesses to testify. The ICTY has claimed it is bound by
for the sovereignty of states perhaps not that of Yugoslavia in
they respect the idea that states may decide whether or not they
cooperate. In contrast, consequences are severe for non-cooperation
requests are made to surrender those indicted.
It is true that sovereignty is the cornerstone of international law.
can one explain the scores of decisions rendered by the International
Court of Justice a truly legitimate UN body against the US that
never been complied with? Including the judgments having found that
death sentences had been pronounced against foreign nationals in
of international law. The President of the ICTY, Theodor Meron,
represented the US in one such case, brought by Germany, who won its
before the world court. But the German prisoners were executed
It is not clear that Slobodan Milosevic could call Bill Clinton as a
witness. The ICTY has left open the question as to whether there are
certain categories of State officials for whom immunity would apply.
Perhaps former Presidents will be protected by immunity from
to prevent other former Presidents from defending themselves and
people. And this in contrast to the United States itself, where Bill
Clinton was compelled to provide a deposition when accused of sexual
This concept of sovereignty, now threatening to prevent President
Milosevic from questioning those who destroyed Yugoslavia, is key.
of sovereignty created the ICTY, as well as the miserable conditions
against which Serbias people are now rising, thus recalling
Milosevics words: "All countries finding themselves with limited
sovereignty and with governments controlled by foreign powers,
become impoverished in a way that destroys all hope for more just and
humane social relations."
This is the same struggle!
The large-scale protests in Belgrade demonstrate that the will of the
people to fight for their dignity will not be defeated. This has been
President Milosevic's struggle as well. A Committee of the Serbian
Diaspora, ICDSM, Sloboda and other progressive forces and individuals
calling upon all honest and principled people to participate in the
international demonstration at The Hague on November 8th.
United for freedom in the same struggle, we shall all rise for
life and for the fundamental rights of the Serbian people and of
defender, President Slobodan Milosevic. This kind of battle a united
people always wins. This fight against tyranny is a fight for the
and prosperity of all peoples.
AGGRESSORS SHALL NOT WRITE OUR HISTORY !
FREEDOM FOR PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC !
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