Hundreds of Serb-Americans demonstrated in Washington Saturday to protest U.S. participation in NATO bombings of Bosnian Serb installations, economic sanctions against Serbia and backing of Croatia.
By chartered bus and car, placard-carrying participants from Pittsburgh, Boston and other Eastern cities converged on the capital for rallies near the White House and the U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Both President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, front-running candidate for the Republican 1996 presidential nomination, were targets of placards. Both have branded the Bosnian Serbs the main aggressors in former Yugoslavia.
“Hey Bill, Fix America, Not Serbia! Hitler Would be Proud of You,” said a sign directed against the president. Other slogans included “Bob Dole is a War-Monger,” “America is a Peace-Breaker not a Peace-Maker,” “U.S. Supports Genocide of Serbs” and “Croatia: Nazi State Created by Hitler 1941, Recreated by USA, 1991.”
First stop for several groups was the Holocaust Museum recalling World War II Nazi massacres of Jews and others.
More than 100 protesters across the street from the museum sought to spread the message that Serb partisans fought the Nazis while former Yugoslav Croatians and Muslims backed Hitler.