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But when Serb forces led by genocide suspect Ratko Mladic — now on trial before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague — arrived at the base, the Dutch did not stop the Serb soldiers from separating out men and boys for execution.

The bodies of the victims are still being found in mass graves hidden in the area. The bones are identified through DNA analysis and returned to their families who bury them at the memorial center.

Ljuban Volas, a former Bosnian Serb soldier, said as a human being and as a soldier of the army that committed this crime, he simply “cannot approve it. Whoever did this must be held responsible.”

The 1992-95 Bosnian war was the most brutal of the wars that erupted after Yugoslavia fell apart. The fighting between Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats devastated Bosnia and killed more than 100,000 people.


Marches commemorate 1973 student uprising

ATHENS — Greeks took to the streets by the tens of thousands Saturday to commemorate the 39th anniversary of a deadly student uprising against the country’s former dictatorship.

While the marches went on peacefully, clashes between anarchists and police erupted briefly in the capital, Athens, and Greece’s second-largest city of Thessaloniki, in both cases far from where the marches took place.

Police announced that they detained 70 people in Athens and 19 in Thessaloniki.

With more than 6,000 police deployed in the city center, protesters marched from the National Technical University of Athens, where the 1973 uprising kicked off, to the U.S. Embassy. They were led by students carrying a Greek flag bloodied during the uprising.

Many Greeks hold the U.S. responsible for backing the 1967-1974 dictatorship. Protesters burned a U.S. flag outside the embassy, a yearly ritual.

A separate march by Communist Party supporters later went past the U.S. Embassy.

The Communists had announced their intention to march on to the Israeli Embassy, past the U.S. Embassy, to protest Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Police initially blocked the route at the request of a prosecutor, but after talks with protesters, unblocked it and the march resumed and ended peacefully.

Police say both marches involved about 22,000 people.

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