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Wednesday, April 21, 1999 Published at 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK

'Denver shooting linked to Nato bombing'

Two TV channels went off air after the Usce building was bombed

Nato's air strikes on Yugoslavia are linked to Tuesday's "massacre" at a Colorado school, the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug argued on Wednesday morning.

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It said the incident was a symptom of the "American values" which Nato was attempting to impose on Yugoslavia through its bombing campaign.

The killings were "another manifestation of how profoundly disturbed American society is", Tanjug said.

The agency accused US President Bill Clinton of cynicism in failing to acknowledge the connection between the killings and the Nato strikes.

"Clinton... bears the lion's share of responsibility for the catastrophic examples set to the generations of young Americans by showing them that their country, the United States, solves matters by force and resorts to the killing of people whenever somebody stands up to it."

"They say that one of the reasons why they want to enslave and occupy Yugoslavia and place the Balkans under their control is to propagate their American values.

"Violence is evidently one of the main principles and values known to US society and, unfortunately, its youth and future generations," Tanjug added.

Attacks on party HQ

[ image: Gorica Gajevic:
Gorica Gajevic: "Savage and cowardly attack"
Other Yugoslav media concentrated on Nato's attack on the Serbian media machine on Wednesday when it bombed the Usce tower block in Belgrade, which housed two television stations.

The Pink television channel and the Kosava television channel, whose chief editor is Slobodan Milosevic's daughter, Marija, went off the air following the attack.

The business centre also housed the headquarters of the ruling Socialist Party of Serbia, and the attack prompted senior Serbian officials to condemn what they described as attacks on "civilian targets".

"This is yet another savage and cowardly attack carried out by the criminals and murderers from Nato," said Socialist Party secretary-general, Gorica Gajevic.

"This is an absolutely civilian facility that was not only the headquarters of the Socialist Party of Serbia but also housed more than 20 companies," Gajevic said on Serbian radio.

Tanjug quoted Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic as saying the strike on the Usce building was proof that the alliance was trying to kill civilians... and that "this pro-fascist movement must be stopped".

Belgrade RTS SAT television broadcast the first footage of the attack, showing extensive damage, with flames engulfing the lower floors of the building, and scattered debris.

It also showed Mr Gajevic, visibly outraged, condemning Nato as "idiots". This interview, and a statement from Mr Marjanovic, were broadcast against the background of the burning building with the sound of a raging fire drowning out the officials' voices.

International rail link cut

[ image: Damage to Novi Sad's last Danube bridge]
Damage to Novi Sad's last Danube bridge
Tanjug also reported the bombing of the last remaining bridge over the Danube in the city of Novi Sad in northern Yugoslavia.

Two missiles, fired at 00:40 GMT on Wednesday, hit the middle section of the Zezelj bridge, which can now only be crossed by pedestrians.

The international rail route linking Belgrade with Budapest and elsewhere in Europe, which also ran across the bridge, has also been cut, Tanjug said.

Serbian radio said in its broadcast at 08:00 GMT that four people had been killed and 20 injured during an overnight Nato attack on a refugee camp near Djakovica.

"The aggressor's aircraft at 24:03 [22:03 GMT] bombed the refugee settlement in Bistraznik near Djakovica in the vicinity of the scene of the crime perpetrated upon the homebound Albanian refugees a few days earlier," it said.

BBC Monitoring 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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