Saturday, July 26, 2008

Radicals Threatening President Tadic?

Serbian Radical Party Official Vjerica Radeta has apparently made death threats against Serbian President Boris Tadic. At a press conference on July 25 on the arrest of Hauge indictee Radovan Karadžić, Vjerica Radeta said that "betrayal never goes unpunished in Serbia," and told those present that Boris Tadić and his regime may suffer the same fate as previous Serbian 'traitors' such as Zoran Đinđic and the Obrenović dynasty. I, as well as many others, interpreted these remarks as threats. I am honestly amazed that a politician could say such things in public, I mean, come on, making direct, indirect or even just hinting at the death of a state president is not something that's done, is it? Well, clearly it is if you're a member of the Serbian Radical Party.

Vjerica Radeta went on to say that 'God punishes to the seventh generation' and called on the Serbian Orthodox Church to react as they have the right to banish people from the Church and cast anathemas. Wait a second, are we in the 18th century or the 21st?

In response to a question regarding the brutal attack on a B92 cameraman during one of the pro-Karadžić protests in Belgrade, Radeta claimed that the attacker was planted by the Tadić regime in order to cause provocation and said that she had not noticed any violence at any of these 'peaceful' protests - take a look at the video in a previous post to see just how peaceful these protests have actually been.

More recently, Serbian Radial Party Leader Tomislav Nikolić has slated Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS - the national broadcaster) for unbiased reporting of the Karadžić saga and said that if they do not appeal to the 50 percent of the Serbian population who support Karadžić they will disrupt the work of RTS with a reference to Bastille.

Honestly, how long can the Radicals continue to make such public threats, refuse to condemn acts of violence and think that we're still living in the past? Get with reality and stop acting as if Serbia's still in the 1990s.

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