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Tuesday, April 6, 1999 Published at 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK


Serb media blasts Nato 'Nazis'

Serb media is reporting Nato atrocities against civilians

Broadcasts on Serbian radio and TV have increasingly compared Nato to the Nazis in the past 24 hours, as the anniversary arrived of a Nazi air raid on the Serbian capital.

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The TV also announced it would be broadcasting a new programme which would contain "essential facts for the defence of the country" .

And the state news agency launched a scathing attack on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, accusing him of cynicism and hypocrisy.


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Serbian radio on Tuesday drew parallels between the Nazi attack on Belgrade in 1941 and the current Nato air strikes.

"On an early Easter morning 58 years ago, that is, on 6 April 1941, Belgrade suddenly and cunningly, without a prior declaration of war, became the victim of Nazi Hitler's air force, which in a few subsequent raids turned this beautiful city into a heap of rubble," the radio said.

"Tragic history is repeating itself. The Belgraders will be marking the day of suffering 58 years ago while hordes of modern-day criminals embodied in the Nato forces will be flying over their heads, dropping their load, forces that are bombing our country because it would not agree to Nato troops occupying the territory of Serbia and Yugoslavia," the commentary continued.

'Nazi American Terrorist Organization'

"The new aggressor has not learned a single history lesson from the past events. It appears that they are incapable of understanding that they cannot break the freedom-loving spirit of our nation and the Belgraders with brute force.

"The criminal Nato, that is the Nazi American Terrorist Organization" was increasingly targeting civilian installations, the radio said.

"However, we stand our ground and we will not allow the evil monsters to win and enslave us."

'Insane bombardment'

Serbian TV described Nato leaders as "the new Fuehrers" .

It invited people to attend a ceremony in Belgrade marking the anniversary of the Nazi raid.

"Frustrated by the fact that they could not weaken the Yugoslav Army's defence capabilities even after 13 days of insane bombardment, the Nazi phalanx continued today to vent its anger on civilian targets," it said.

"The new Fuehrers are continuing the cowardly war, which is without precedent in the history of the world.

"This war of a new type, in which two opposing armies do not clash directly, according to the US understanding of chivalry, is unfortunately being paid for exclusively by civilians," the television said.

A number of its early morning news bulletins are being broadcast in English.

The TV said the new programme - Za Odbranu Jugoslavija [For the Defence of Yugoslavia] - would be broadcast daily in both Serbia and Montenegro and would "contain all essential facts for the defence of the country" . It did not elaborate.

'Nato liars'

The Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug said Nato cruise missiles had hit a transmitter in the Jagodina region south of Belgrade, cutting broadcasts to the region.

"The Nato liars will probably say in Brussels today that this heartless attack on the transmitter, curtailing the peoples' right to watch TV, was an attack on a military target."

Another report said Nato strikes had crippled TV transmissions to a large part of the northern Serbian region of Vojvodina.

Tanjug also attacked UN chief Kofi Annan for "being in the firm clutches of the aggressor - the USA and Nato".

Annan had presented a report to the UN Security Council on the Kosovo crisis without mentioning the "aggression on sovereign Yugoslavia" .

He was "openly on the side of the aggressor" .

"The cynicism and hypocrisy of Annan's so-called report exceed all reason and expectations," Tanjug concluded.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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