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Karadzic travelling to The Hague

The World Today - Wednesday, 30 July , 2008 12:35:00

Reporter: Simon Santow

ELEANOR HALL: He was on the run for 11 years and he's been in custody for more than a week. But
this lunchtime, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is finally on his way to The Hague.
There, Karadzic will face the UN War Crimes Court, charged with genocide.

Overnight though thousands of his supporters took to the streets in Belgrade in a sometimes violent
demonstration of Serb nationalism and brought a heavy police response. Simon Santow reports.

SIMON SANTOW: Dubbed "Freedom for Serbia" the march brought ultra-nationalists in large numbers
onto Belgrade's streets. It wasn't long before a small section of the 15,000 strong crowd turned
ugly.

(sounds of violent demonstrators)

They hurled flares and stones at the waiting riot police. In return protesters copped rubber
bullets and tear gas. Many had come from other parts of Serbia and Bosnia and a lot of their anger
was directed at the man they consider a traitor for helping capture Radovan Karadzic: pro-western
Serbian President, Boris Tadic. The protest appalled some onlookers.

ONLOOKER I (translated): The stupidity cannot be explained. What just happened was stupid. It can't
be explained. Look at the damage.

SIMON SANTOW: While this man saw no harm in the passion.

ONLOOKER II (translated): I saw a confrontation between the protesters and police, but it wasn't a
big deal. There were some broken things and people running away from the march, a bit of blood but
the police reacted quickly.

SIMON SANTOW: Some analysts believe the expression of anger on the streets is unlikely to spread
further. Alexsander Pavkovic is an associate professor at the Department of Politics and
International Studies at Sydney's Macquarie University.

ALEXSANDER PAVKOVIC: The radical parties trying to use the arrest of Radovan Karadzic to overthrow
in fact the current government because they, they have a lot of voters and they are quite popular
and they would like to form a coalition on their own.

So this is really a political, primarily a political rally to gather the forces for a possible
change of government.

SIMON SANTOW: But do they feel passionately about Radovan Karadzic or are they using the issue, as
you say?

ALEXSANDER PAVKOVIC: Some of them certainly do. They, usually in Serbia itself, the recent polls
suggest that Radovan Karadzic is not very popular, 42 per cent polled thought that he's neither he
is a hero nor a murderer. So they have a rather neutral stance on him. I don't think that the
question of his popularity would really be the measured one. It's really the dissatisfaction with
the current government.

SIMON SANTOW: And what are they dissatisfied about? Are they dissatisfied with their
marginalisation in the political world there? Or are they dissatisfied with bread and butter issues
like employment and standard of living?

ALEXSANDER PAVKOVIC: Both in fact. The dissatisfaction this government is a pro-western government,
not only in its foreign policy orientation but also in terms of its economic policies. This is a
government which would support a variety of free market measures and a lot of people who haven't
got the skills and haven't got the position to participate in this free market are definitely
losers from these economic policies.

And I think the current government is fully aware that this is an issue on which the radical party
and similar parties can rally some support.

SIMON SANTOW: And Boris Tadic, do you think, is your analysis that he is safe and that this sign of
protest against him is containable?

ALEXSANDER PAVKOVIC: Yes I think politically he's quite safe. I wouldn't make any prediction about
his personal safety.

ELEANOR HALL: That's Associate Professor Alexsander Pavkovic from Macquarie University ending that
report from Simon Santow.