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Saturday, April 24, 1999 Published at 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK

Nato's 'bloody birthday party'

A "vampire festivity" was how the Radical Party described the summit

A "bloody birthday party in the capital of the darkest power in the world" was how Yugoslav media described the opening of the Nato summit in Washington to mark the alliance's 50th anniversary.

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"With a war cry and a fascist plan to destroy a country and a nation in order to 'realise the vision and values of Nato in an undivided and democratic Europe', criminal Clinton opened today in Washington the summit of the aggressor Western military bloc," the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug reported.

"Addressing the leaders of 19 member states of the aggressor Nato, Clinton openly and clearly indicated that all this is nothing but a purely genocidal war and a harangue against a country and its people that are preventing him from accomplishing his goals in the Balkans and Europe and from arranging the world in the way he envisaged it.

"How else could any reasonable human being interpret his criminal words and lies, according to which this little, sovereign Yugoslavia personifies the entire evil of this world, as it is 'burning down villages, killing innocent people, sowing hatred among nations and people, and threatening its neighbours'?" Tanjug asked.

'Gory celebration'

The Serbian Radical Party described the summit as a "vampire festivity marking the 50th anniversary of dishonesty, hypocrisy and vandalism", adding that it believed "the gory celebration would represent a funeral service for mad Nazi beasts who have been holding orgies above our heads", Tanjug reported.

The agency also reported on a rally in the Macedonian capital Skopje where demonstrators "symbolically buried" the alliance by hurling a coffin wrapped in a US flag with "Nato 1949-1999" inscribed on it into the river Vardar.

[ image: The TV station bombing was a
The TV station bombing was a "genocidal act"
"One of the messages from the protest was that the ties between the Serbian and Macedonian peoples were unbreakable and that the two peoples were not afraid of the Nato troops which had occupied Macedonia," Tanjug said.

Domestic and foreign condemnation of the bombing of the Serbian Radio-TV (RTS) building in Belgrade and President Slobodan Milosevic's residence also continued to dominate the media.

"The attack on the RTS building is such a genocidal act that there is no comparison to anything ever seen before in the history of warfare.

'Attacks on our nation'

"The attack, not only the attack on the RTS, but also the attack on the president's house, these are not just attacks on him personally and his family, but attacks on our entire nation, which is unified behind our policy and our truth," a Socialist Party of Serbia spokesman told Belgrade radio.

"When the RTS with its reporting and programmes succeeded in changing the perception in the world as to what the real goals of the aggression against our country are, as the media lies became exposed ... when they could find no other way to stop our truth from coming out, then they reached for the bombs," he added.

[ image: Nato strikes were an attack on the entire nation, said the Socialist Party]
Nato strikes were an attack on the entire nation, said the Socialist Party
The Serbian Information Ministry said that "by targeting the RTS, the Nato aggressors fully revealed their criminal intentions that even Hitler would detest" , Tanjug reported.

"Such acts, carried out by cold-blooded night murderers, speak volumes about their intentions to destroy once and for all international rule of law, human and civil rights, all norms of civilised international public order, as well as every Serbian and Yugoslavian citizen's right to life."

Serbian TV went off the air for five hours overnight but resumed broadcasts on Saturday morning with a reading of German literature.

TV pictures also froze for 20 minutes later in the morning, and news programmes appear to contain fewer correspondents' reports than before the bombing.

'Criminal orgy'

The Saturday lunchtime news showed footage of a meeting of senior state officials chaired by Milosevic and a Serbian Government meeting but no video of the impact of Nato bomb attacks. It did, however, list the targets hit, dwelling on damage to civilian installations and environmental hazards resulting from the bombing.

Radio Belgrade described how Nato aircraft "pounded" Novi Pazar in southern Serbia.

"A night of horror is behind the residents of Novi Pazar," the radio said. The "criminal orgy" lasted for nearly two and a half hours during which "huge material damage was inflicted on the Bratstvo elementary school, the Polet industrial bakery and civil defence and fire brigade facilities".

Air strikes against Nis, Pristina and a fuel depot near Kraljevo were also detailed.

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