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Thursday, 15 February, 2001, 14:14 GMT
Turnout low at new Norac demo

Supporters of a retired Croatian general suspected of war crimes have resumed their protests against moves to prosecute the man, Mirko Norac.

Some two-thousand people demonstrated earlier in the centre of the capital, Zagreb, to demand an end to the prosecution of people they say were heroes in Croatia's war against Serbia.

But the numbers at today's rally were low compared to a protest meeting attended by a-hundred-thousand people over the weekend.

There had been disagreement among war veterans' associations about today's rally, but correspondents say General Norac's announcement that he may be willing to surrender may also have contributed to the low turnout. Earlier this week the Croatian President, Stipe Mesic, said General Norac had contacted him over a possible meeting but none has taken place yet.

General Norac has been in hiding after a warrant was issued last week for his arrest in connection with the killing of Serb civilians in 1991.

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