Milosevic says fascism reappearing in the world

BELGRADE, May 10, 2000 -- (Reuters) Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, marking World War Two Victory Day, said on Tuesday that fascism was reappearing and was again trying to conquer the world.

"Not even 50 years have passed and the evil monster is again giving signs of life and is getting as hungry as before," Milosevic told war veterans during a ceremony broadcast by state television.

The Serbian strongman, indicted for war crimes by a UN court, accused the Serb opposition of being "little servants and bloody allies of the occupier who explain their treason as patriotic concern and patriotic moves."

Serbia's ruling parties - Milosevic's Socialists, the Yugoslav Left of his wife Mira Markovic, and the ultra-nationalist Radical party - frequently brand the opposition parties traitors and NATO lackeys.

Earlier on Tuesday, the opposition cancelled a protest rally in Milosevic's home town of Pozarevac, saying the authorities had done everything possible to prevent it by detaining activists and stopping demonstrators from getting to the town.

"Again the big occupier's strongest side is his little servant in the country where he is headed, his bloody ally among the people that he wants to wipe off the face of the earth or, at the very least, to subjugate," Milosevic said.

He said that these "servants" believed that those in Serbia who wanted to resist this world power should be "burnt in gas chambers, deported to the Hague, liquidated on the street, in front of their flat or in a cafe."

Milosevic did not mention any country by name.

Milosevic and four other top officials have been indicted by a UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague for alleged atrocities their forces committed in the Kosovo conflict in 1999.

A string of high-profile unsolved killings has taken place in Belgrade over the past few months.

They included the shooting in February of Yugoslav Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic and the April killing of the head of Yugoslav Airlines, Zika Petrovic.

Serbian authorities have said the killings were part of a Western plot.

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